International exhibition project “ENCLAVE”
05.12.2011 - 29.01.2012, 19:00-00:00
Program: [CONTEMPORARY ART AND CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY]
Curators: Ewa Gorządek, [Irina Tchesnokova], [Evgeny Umansky], Stach Szabłowski
Centre for Contemporary Art “Ujazdowski Castle” (Warsaw, Poland)
Baltic branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia)
The project "Enclave" is co-finanaced by the City of Warsaw.
On December 6th 2011 – January 29th 2012 the Centre for Contemporary Art “Ujazdowski Castle” will present a joint Russian-Polish project “Enclave”.
The international exhibition project “Enclave” aims at an artistic research of a complicated and diverse reality of Eastern Europe, in the special context of Kaliningrad – a Russian enclave surrounded by the countries of the European Union.
Kaliningrad is a special case of Eastern European geographical complexity, its geography of memory and identity. It can be regarded as a symbol and a model of regional diversity. The project will focus on the creative interpretation of the city and exposing its hidden meanings, also creating an alternative map that would visualize a complicated issue of Kaliningrad’s histories and narrations of various nations, layers of memories and material remnants of presence in this place of other cultures, political systems and economic orders.
The project brings together works by Polish and Kaliningrad artists which highlight the reality defined by the notion of an “enclave”. The exhibits will be art works that refer to the political, geographical and historical specificity of the place, as well as art practices that touch upon such problems as isolation, forced and voluntary solitude, loneliness and rootlessness. For several months guest Polish artists have worked in the format of art residencies coming to grips with the special context of the place. The project has engaged visual artists, musicians, video artists, writers and experts working in the interdisciplinary fields of theatre, activism and public art.
The first stage of the project has gathered Polish and Russian artists, countries to join the project in future – Germany and Lithuania. These are the countries which have thus far determined the geography and identity of Kaliningrad both on contemporary and historical levels.
In December 2011 the “Enclave” project will be presented in Warsaw at the Centre for Contemporary Arts “Ujazdowsky Castle”.
Danil Akimov, Dimitri Bulatov, Alexey Chebykin, Ryszard Górecki, Mikołaj Grospierre, Dominik Lejman, Mariusz Libel, Artur Malewski, Nezhniye Baby (Sasha Artamonova & Zhenya Lapteva), Maciej Stępiński, Katya Shadkovska, Evgeny Umansky, Anna i Adam Witkowscy, Yury Vassiliev, ZOR (Grzegorz Drozd & Alicja Łukasiak), Aleksandr Podoprigorov
The project was exhibited on October 25th- November 13th at the Kaliningrad Art gallery.
On December 5th, 7 p.m. the “Enclave” exhibition will be opened at the CCA “Ujazdowski Castle” in Warsaw. A Russian-Polish conference in the framework of the project will take place on December 6th.
The Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle
ul. Jazdów 2, 00-467 Warsaw, Poland