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EXIBITION „MADE IN KALININGRAD“ WAS OPENED IN KLAIPĖDA

2013-05-06
The exhibition „Made in Kaliningrad“curated by Kaliningrad (the Russian Federation) curator Evgeniy Umanskiy was opened in Klaipėda Culture Communication Center (KCCC) exhibition spaces (Didzioji Vandens str. 2, Klaipeda) on Friday, the 3rd of May, 2013, at 6 pm.

The exhibition „Made in Kaliningrad“ represents the largest ever and the most diverse in terms of styles and genres “landing force” of Kaliningrad artists in Klaipėda. The art project introduced under both witty and ambitious name represents a wide retrospective of contemporary Kaliningrad art, in all aspects very Kaliningrad-like „art product“ aimed at exporting to neighbouring countries. Geographical proximity of Russia to Lithuania – the neighbouring  countries with long, complicated and closely intertwined historical past – is still being perceived as the ground for economic and logistics relations rather than for wider cultural cooperation, especially in the area of contemporary art. Therefore, this project will help visitors of the exhibition to learn more about the neighbouring country and to familiarise with its people through the artworks of the artists focusing on real-life, urgent problems visualised through common and intimate details of every day life.

Photographs, video art and augmented reality artworks, performances created by the artists as if ask – „What associations are triggered in Your mind by this strange territory that has no common border with the „Great Russia“? What is the difference between „soviet“, „Russian“, „national“? To what extent does the freedom of society determine development of the country? How can gender and ethnical aspects of identity be reflected and embodied in every day life, universal human and personal values – in the social context?

Before the official opening the press conference was held. During the conference the exhibition „Made in Kaliningrad“ and the project „Close stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture“ financed by the Lithuania-Poland-Russia ENPI Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013. The KCCC participates as a partner in the projects. This form of partnership is innovative because there was no institutional partnership in the field of contemporary art between neighbouring regions of Lithuania, Russia and Poland. Project activities will involve target groups of different age and needs and will combine culture heritage, design and contemporary art and tourism.

Participants of the project „Made in Kaliningrad“:

Danil Akimov, Alexandra Artamonova, Yuliya Abramova, Oleg Blyablyas, Dmitry Bulatov, Alexey Chebykin, Irina Chesnokova, Elena Tsvetayeva, Evgeniya Lapteva, Alexander Liubin, Egor Luchshev, Aleksander Podoprigorov, Grigoriy Selskiy, Dmitry Selin, Vladimir Shcherbakov, Kseniya Uranova, Yury Vassiliev, Group „Nezhnye baby“, Group „Obszczeye vzdragivaniye„ , the “San Donato“ group.

Organiser:
Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Art (Kaliningrad, Russian Federation).
Co-organiser: Klaipėdos kultūrų komunikacijų centras / Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre

More information on: www.kkkc.lt
Exhibition will be held till 2nd June, 2013




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