The Border Exhibition


17.05 - 01.07.2018, 12:00-20:00

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The Ural Branch of NCCA-ROSIZO is going to host Goethe-Institut exhibition "The Border”. It will welcome visitors from May 17 till July 1, including the days of the World Football Championship.

Where does Europe end and where does Asia begin? What influence do the borders have and who draws them? These are the key questions posed by the art project "The Border” spanning several years which the Goethe-Institut developed in conjunction with numerous partner institutions based in Eastern Europe, Germany and the Central Asia. Exhibition participants are artists from 16 cities of 11 countries around Europe and Asia. Having toured the cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Kiev, Tbilisi, Minsk and Dortmund the exhibition will now come to Ekaterinburg. Then, it will continue its journey across the Middle Asia.

"The Border" explores and reflects upon all manner of borders and their demarcation: as a mark of territorial inclusion or exclusion, as cultural, personal or social dividing lines, as an instrument we use to differentiate and distinguish between "us" and "them" or, indeed, to generate this dichotomy. " Border" should be understood here as a metaphor that is to say as a symbolic figure, which is a subject of agreements and change – an extremely current topic for Russia and the former Soviet republics as well as for Germany and Europe in equal measure. Thus, the geographical and cultural border between Europe and Asia is the topical thread running through the exhibition. The project approaches this subject matter from an artistic angle and in a cultural dimension. Astrid Wege, Head of Cultural Programs of Goethe-Institut Moskau: “The aim is to promote a differentiated engagement with the processes involved in, the motivations behind and the causes leading to the drawing of borders”.

“The Border” travelling exhibition focuses on artists from Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia and Germany who will be showing their insights into and reflections on the topic of the borders. Among those are Ekaterinburg artists — art group “Where The Dogs Run”. In their work “Phobia of the Other” they are addressing a specific border that runs through time. A scar left by a smallpox vaccination is a physical mark of everyone born in the USSR. A younger generation — people with “smooth upper arms”, live on the other side of the border as if different biological species. Electro-mechanical theatre “Phobia of the Other” will demonstrate how these scars were made.

A field cultural research is laid as the foundation of artwork 19 a Day by Taus Makhatcheva (Russia). Shamil Gadzhidadaev, a wedding photographer, and she managed to attend uninvited 19 weddings randomly chosen in Makhachkala in one day. The artist congratulated the newlyweds, danced, ate, and took standard wedding photographs, guided by her assistant’s professional knowhow and expertise.

Eleonore de Montesquiou is coming to the exhibition opening from Berlin. Her artwork “KINOZAL” revolves around the borders and articulation between private and official histories, personal and national identities. Her work is based on a documentary approach, translated in films, drawings and texts; it deals mainly with issues of integration/immigration/meaning of a nation in Estonia, giving voice to the Russian community.

One more guest of the opening is Natalya Dyu (Kazakhstan). Her work is titled “Goodbye, my Asian eyes...” and is a video footage of a cosmetic procedure “to shape a European eyelid” — one of the most popular procedures in Asia. The project illustrates widespread Eurocentrism in post-Soviet Asia which paradoxically goes hand-in-hand with conservative values and attitudes. — comments the artist.

Curated by:
Inke Arns , Director of Hartware MedienKunstVerein, a non-profit organization which promotes and supports media art in Dortmund;
Thibaut de Ruyter, curator and art critic from Berlin.

Participating artists: Umida Ahmedova & Oleg Karpov (Taschkent, Uzbekistan), Alisa Berger (Cologne, Germany), Viron Erol Vert (Berlin, Germany), Aytegin Djumailiev (Bischkek, Kyrgyzstan), Natalya Dyu (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Saule Dyussenbina (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Anastasiia Zhyvkova (Kiev, Ukraine), Olga Jitlina (Saint Petersburg, Russia), Katya Isaeva (Moscow, Russia), Anton Karmanov (Novosibirsk, Russia), Alina Kopytsa (Kiev, Ukraine), Where The Dogs Run (Yekaterinburg, Russia), Gaisha Madanova (Almaty, Kazakhstan /Munich, Germany),Taus Makhatcheva (Moscow, Russia), Eleonore de Montesquiou (Berlin, Germany), Stanislaw Mucha (Berlin, Germany), Hamlet Hovsepian (Ashnak, Armenia), Marat Raiymkulov (Bischkek, Kyrgyzstan), Alla Rumyantseva & Alexey Rumyantsev (Duschanbe, Tajikistan), Khinkali juice (Sophia Tabatadze and Nadia Tsulukidze, Tbilisi, Georgia), Alexander Ugay (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Farhad Farzaliyev (Baku, Azerbaijan), Sergey Shabohin (Minsk, Belarus).

The exhibition was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Germany.

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Public Program from May 17 till July 1:
Every Tuesday — a lecture
Every Wednesday — a reading
Every Thursday — a screening
Every weekend — walks


Opening times: TU — SU, 12.00pm — 08.00pm (MO — closed)
Tickets: 150 rubles, reduced — 100 rubles.
Goethe-Institut website:

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