Colonel und Khaled D. Ramadan
Talleiv Taro Manum
Tanja Nellemann Poulsen
The 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art, curated by Dorothee Bienert, Kati Kivinen and Enrico Lunghi, presents photographs, videos, and installations by 20 artists from the countries bordering the Baltic Sea, works that address the problems and fears resulting from upheavals in present-day society. The exhibition assumes that art can offer impulses and inspire reflection on participation and the power of agency.
curated by Dorothee Bienert, Kati Kivinen and Enrico Lunghi
Artists Petra Bauer (SE), Anna Baumgart (PL), Bodil Furu (NO), Olga Chernysheva (RU), Colonel und Khaled D. Ramadan (DK), Kaspars Goba (LV), Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen und Tellervo Kalleinen (FI), Kristina Inciuraite (LT), Sven Johne (DE), Talleiv Taro Manum (NO), Tanja Nellemann Poulsen (DK), Anu Pennanen (FI), J&K (DE/DK), Katrin Tees (EE), Alexander Vaindorf (SE), Arturas Valiauga (LT), Julita Wójcik (PL)
The 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art Don’t Worry – Be Curious!, curated by Dorothee Bienert, Kati Kivinen and Enrico Lunghi, will present photographs, videos, and installations by 20 artists from the countries bordering the Baltic Sea, works that address the problems and fears resulting from upheavals in present-day society.
Europe’s social, political, and economic reality is currently marked by restructuring processes that have led to a collapse in a continuity of location, a volatility in stable social relationships, and increasing individualization, on the one hand, and growing unemployment, passivity, and disenchantment with politics, on the other. These upheavals are predominantly experienced by West European countries as a crisis of the welfare state, while in East European countries they appear to be the result of socialism’s displacement by a capitalistic economic order. The sensed threat provokes similar reactions here as well as there; fear of social impoverishment, of a loss of identity, and of an uncertain future are the effects of globalization. In addition to this is the growing fear of the “foreigner” and the increasing desire to exclude the “other.”
The exhibition assumes that art can offer impulses and inspire reflection on participation and the power of agency. Invited are artists whose practice is based on the exploration of their social environment. The artists deal with diverse thematic fields such as migration politics, ideas of “normality” and “differentness,” the mechanisms of understanding and misunderstanding, social fears, young people’s various perspectives and concepts of life; the media’s influence on perception, thought, and knowledge; the relation between consumer culture and nature; or the sentimental value of the commonplace. What unites the works is a positive and often humorous prevailing mood that makes the observer want to engage in something new and scrutinize his or her own patterns of perception and thought.
Don’t Worry – Be Curious! is an Ars Baltica project of Stadtgalerie Kiel. It has been produced with the support of the programme Culture 2000 of the European Union, the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Staatskanzlei Schleswig-Holstein and institutions in the Ars Baltica partner countries.
After showing in Kiel, Tallinn and Pori the exhibition has been taken over by NGBK in cooperation with Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, followed by venues in Riga and Luxembourg.
The venue in Berlin is supported by the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie and the embassies of Latvia, Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
Opening: February 8, 2008, 7 p.m.
Oranienstrasse 25 - Berlin