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ART EXPEDITION “CLOSE STRANGER”

2013-07-26

From 29 June till 11 July 2013, an art expedition was carried out in the framework of the project “Close Stranger” (ILPR 02.02.00-96-002/10-00) that is being jointly implemented by the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia), the Centre for Contemporary Arts «Laznia» (Gdansk, Poland) and the Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre (Klaipeda, Lithuania).


The expedition brought together 35 professionals in the field of art and culture, including artists, curators, writers, journalists, art critics, architecture and art historians, and social researchers from Lithuania, Poland and Russia.

During the 12-day research tour from Gdansk via Kaliningrad to Klaipeda, over 20 settlements were studied in terms of authenticity of their cultural and historical landscape. They included Branewo, Gdansk, Gdynia, Elblag, Tczew, Malbork, Kadyny, Frombork, Kaliningrad, Yantarny, Bolshoye Isakovo, Ushakovo, Soldatovo, Gvardeisk, Znamensk, Druzhba, Pravdinsk, Domnovo, Bagrationovsk, the Curonian spit, Nida, Klaipeda, Palanga, etc.

The aim of the tour was to provide the participants with the opportunity to revisit the well-known and recognized historical and cultural monuments, as well as to show them a number of less known places, which, nevertheless, contribute significantly to the modern landscape of our region – for instance, a shipyard in Gdansk, a ship building facility “Yantar” in Kaliningrad and unique metal spatial sculptures that were created in the streets of Elblag in the 1960-70s during the biennales of spatial forms organized by Gerard Kwiatkowski, a Polish artist.

During the expedition, some preliminary material was collected, and numerous group discussions resulted in revealing site-specific themes and images that will be used at the next stage of the project – the production of a unique art guide on Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda in 2014. This art guide is planned to become a joint effort of Lithuanian, Polish and Russian contemporary artists, writers and art critics. It will present different perspectives on what makes Kaliningrad, Gdansk and Klaipeda a single region.  

More information about the art expedition (in English):

http://www.closestranger.eu/events/expedition-of-three-including-common-experience/




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