Where the East Ends

A project by Siarhei Bohdan, Adela Demetja, Nora Dorogan, Radmila Krstajić, Magdalena Lipska, and Nadezhda Simakina

Host organizations: Kulturamt Bonn, Lothringer 13 Munich, Societätstheater Dresden und K3 Hamburg, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, and Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden

September/October 2008, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden (Germany)

The exhibition "Where the East Ends" showed how young artists from Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe are contending with the most important socio-political changes of the last decade. The curators began with the following questions: How does this specific socio-political background lead to other artistic perspectives than those present in Western Europe? Does the East-West division still exist and does it play out on the level of artistic expressions? What does "East" mean after Cold War ideology has been done away with and what does the word mean in and of itself?

Four major issues emerged from the selected artistic perspectives:

Under the idea of "immigration and mobility," works by Pavel Braila (MDA), Wojtek Doroszuk (PL), Driton Hajredini (RKS), and Milena Zarić (SRB) revealed the feeling of disorientation as well as life lived between the place one has left and one's new home.

The complex "urban transformation" examined the influence of political changes, economic transformation, war, and the capitalistic system on the urban and architectural landscape in various cities and showed work by Anton Bosnjak (BiH), Nikolin Bujari (AL), Damir Očko (HR), and Kamen Stoyanov (BG).

"Reception of the Communist past" showed how artists are reconsidering Communism as a utopia and, at the same time, expressing criticism at the current trend of its negation. With works by Zbyněk Baladrán (CZ), Nicolas Grosspierre (PL), and Ciprian Mureşan (RO).

And finally, works by Vladlena Gromova (RU), Marina Naprushkina (BY), Vladimir Nikolić, and Vera Večanski (SRB) examined the question of "artistic identity."

Artist talks and curator tours took place throughout the course of the exhibition.

With support from: Robert Bosch Stiftung, MitOst e. V. Berlin, Schering Stiftung, ifa - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen