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No Fear!

Exhibition, discussion, concert

A project by Igor Sovilj, Ruta Virbickaite, Zane Zajančkauska, and Martina Zuzaňáková

Host organizations: Transmedia Akademie Hellerau, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, and Hellerau - Europäisches Zentrum der Künste 

July/August 2010 (video exhibition), Tapetenwerk, Hall C, Leipzig (Germany)

The exhibition was inspired by a wish to examine the topic of "fear" with its facets and developments in various European countries. The ubiquity of "fear" and its instrumentalization - in the definitions of "normality," "minority," and "majority" for example - were to be discussed. The complexity of the prejudices and the rules that people come up against in society resemble a labyrinth in which one can lose oneself, or into which one can venture (No fear!) in search of a way out.

The project investigated how the individual and a legally regulated society behave with regard to one another and how social norms such as decency, political correctness, and universal values develop and are upheld. The video exhibition "No fear!" presented artistic perspectives from Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The artworks were installed in the exhibition space in form of a labyrinth that had been sketched by Wolfgang Kurtz from Dresden. The labyrinth is a metaphor for a dead end street in which fear prevents us from finding a way out. The opening included a discussion among the artists and invited guests as well as a concert by Margita Zalite, aka Margo (LV), Tytia Mina Teremina (LT), and DJ Essquirrel.

With support from: Robert Bosch Stiftung, Kulturstiftung des Freistaats Sachsen, ifa - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Latvian Cultural Foundation