The Trauma & Revival initiative wishes to showcase and reflect on the East-West cultural connections since the Second World War by bringing together artworks and artists from both the former Soviet Union, Eastern and Western Europe, from the past and present. The project echoes the context in which Europe currently stands, and it will reflect specifically on artistic movements and cultural exchanges between the West and the East, since the Cold War until today.
From an art-historical point of view, this project aims at problematizing the accepted canon of modern art enhanced by Western European museums, many of which, up till now, continue to fade out the artistic creation, discoveries and history of Eastern European art. By giving young artists and policy-makers the chance to rethink existing East-West cultural relations and synergies, in particular with Russia, this project is an opportunity to engage with a largely unknown historic journey into Europe’s recent artistic past.
The Open-Call concerns two residencies, either in Latvia (in July) or Italy (in September). The two-week residency by kim? Contemporary Art Centre, taking place at its venue in Riga, Latvia will pay attention to the historical complexities, common memories and imagined futures that have been significant in the East – West dichotomy relationship, particularly in the infrastructure of the Baltic countries, which has been a frontier between Russia and Europe. The programme, curated and designed by professionals coming from various fields will question the notions of frontiers and borders, disconnection, separation and union, a common realm, joint memories and futures, among other important topics.
The three-week residency at Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto is developed within the framework of UNIDEE – University of Ideas, which is an educational programme investigating the relationship between art and the public sphere and combines theory with practice. The participants will be guided throughout the residency programme by a tutor and a group of acknowledged international experts. The 2017 UNIDEE programme is shaped around three macro-topics: Revolution, Desire, Mediation.
If you would like to participate you can still apply until February 9th. Find more information about the programme and procedure in the document here, which this article is based on. Click here to learn more about kim? Contemporary Art Centre or here to learn more about Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto.
Trauma & Revival is a project co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, and produced in partnership by: Center for Fine Arts (Belgium), ZKM Zentrum für Kurist und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (Germany), kim? Contemporary Art Centre (Latvia), Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto (Italy), Galeria Sztuki Wspolczesnej Bunkier Sztuki (Poland), Jyvaskylan Yliopisto (Finland), Austrian Culture Forum Moscow (Russia), Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Russia), State Museum and exhibition Center ROSIZO (Russia), Tretyakov State Gallery (Russia).
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