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[] Участие молдавских художников в проекте A COMPLICATED RELATION:_ PART II

September 19, 2011

September 17 – November 20, 2011

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: People’s Atlas of Public Space in Chisinau
(MD), The Bombily Group (RU), Conceptual Art Centre Bukovje (SI), Lado
Darakhvelidze (GE), Tatiana Fiodorova (MD), Andrus Joonas (EE), Nikita
Kadan (UA), Kiss My Ba (RU), Victoria Lomasko & Anton Nikolaev (RU),
Svätopluk Mikyta (SK), Tanja Muravskaja (EE), Ghenadie Popescu (MD),
Alexander Raevsky (MD), R.E.P. (UA), Mykola Ridnyi (UA), Stefan Rusu
(MD), Zurab Rtveliashvili (GE), San Donato Group (RU), Sergey Shabohin
(BY), SOSka (UA), Bo Söderlund (AX), Giorgi Tabatadze (GE), The Office
for Anti-Propaganda (BY/DE), Alexander Verevkin (RU), Voina (RU), and
Minna Öberg (AX).

CURATOR: Martin Schibli
Kalmar Konstmuseum is proud to present the second part of the museum’s
major fall exhibition, A Complicated Relation. The exhibition follows on
the heels of the widely noted and highly acclaimed exhibition Friction
and Conflict, a show of art from northeastern Europe presented by Kalmar
Konstmuseum in the fall of 2008.

The impetus for A Complicated Relation: Part II is how many artists
today are basing their work on given social and political contexts. The
participating artists share a common desire to engage in—and involve
their art in—a real social context. They want to contribute to change
and to social development. These artists work with direct interaction on
the street, publish journals with voices critical of the status quo, and
undertake art projects that engage directly with society. In several
cases the artists’ political commitments go hand in hand with their
art. Some of the contributing artists are confronted periodically with
actual threats and harassment.

We have chosen to present artists from Belarus, Estonia, Georgia,
Moldavia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Russia, the Ukraine, and Åland. Most of
these countries are still seen as on the margins of an increasingly
globalized European art world. From Russia we have several artists who
work outside of Moscow in cities such as Kaliningrad, Samara, and
Vladivostok. Many of the countries named above are societies in a state
of transition where there does not yet exist an art world of any
significance. That means that the artists must address the situation on
their own without any real support from the art world; in fact, their
work to a great extent consists in building up that world.

In countries undergoing social change, just as there is no defined art
world, there is in some cases a lack of clearly defined social
institutions. The paradox here is that these artists can sometimes have
a greater impact with their interventions because it’s not possible
simply to dismiss their work as pure “art”—because that would
require a clear conception of the difference between what art is and
what society’s institutions are.

On the other hand, this exhibition deals just as much with universal
questions about the role of culture in a society’s progress. What can
culture contribute to improving society and the process of
democratization? This question is particularly important in all of the
countries in global proximity to Sweden. Not least of these are places
like Åland, where the younger segment of the population is leaving, or
a region like Kalmar County, which is one of only three Swedish counties
whose population is declining. How will Kalmar and Kalmar County survive
into the future? How can culture contribute to countering this
population decline? In many other countries, culture is employed as a
future-forward strategy for winning economic and political advantage in
tomorrow’s Europe—specifically in order to survive. In this way,
Kalmar finds itself in a similar situation.


2:00 PM: Performance by Lado Darakhvelidze & Zurab Rtveliashvili.

Director of Exhibitions Martin Schibli opens the exhibition. Several of
the artists will be on hand.

3:00 PM: Performance by Andrus Joonas.


Sunday, September 18: Tea Time (Fika) 3:00 PM: CAC Bukovje hosts tea and
a conversation with artists.

Monday, September 19: All-day conference in connection with A
Complicated Relation: Part II.

Several of the artists represented in the exhibition will take part in
the conference. Please refer to [5] for a
conference program and registration application. The conference is
supported by the Swedish Institute and the Rumanian Institute of

Sunday, November 13: Tea Time (Fika) 3:00 PM: CAC Bukovje hosts tea and
a conversation with artists.

The conference is made possible by financial support from the Swedish
Institute and the Rumanian Institute of Culture.

The San Donato Group’s participation is made possible as part of the
EU project Artline Art Line, financed in part by the European Union (the
European Regional Development Fund):


Director of Exhibitions: Martin Schibli, tel 0480 426288, [7]

Coordinator: Ola Carlsson, tel 0739-045610, [8]


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