Tour group exhibition with total installation:
ID: E11.4--6


The Journey to the East

December 2, 2011 – January 29, 2012
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAK), Krakow, Poland
November, 01 – 13, 2011
Polish Institute, Kiev, Ukraine

August 5 – September 30, 2011
Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland

Monika Szewczyk
Collaboration on the part of Gallery:
Sylwia Narewska

Vahram Aghasyan, Rashad Alakbarov, Ruben Arevshatyan, Babi Badalov, Samvel Baghdasaryan, Alicja Bielawska, Anatoly Belov, Bouillon Group, CHINGIZ, Anna Chkolnikova, Lado Darakhvelidze, Kuba Dąbrowski, Veaceslav Druta, Tatiana Fiodorova, Arman Grigoryan, Nicolas Grospierre, Armine Hovhannisyan, Orkhan Huseynov, Elżbieta Jabłońska, Dominik Jałowiński, Alevtina Kakhidze, Yaroslava-Maria Khomenko, Tigran Khachatryan, Aleksander Komarov, Maxim Kuzmenko, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Anna Molska, Marina Naprushkina, Dumitru Oboroc, Joanna Rajkowska, Stefan Rusu, Elene Rakviashvili, Nino Sekhniashvili, Sergey Shabohin, Sabina Shikhlinskaya, Jakub Szczęsny, Sophia Tabatadze, TanzLaboratorium, Stas Volyazlovsky, Oleg Yushko
Total installation Art Terrorism;
video Art Terrorism

Sergey Shabohin:
total installation

Art Terrorism,

Because of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council the Arsenal Gallery in Bialystok is organizing an exhibition titled “The Journey to the East”. Poland, along with Sweden, is the initiator of Eastern Partnership project, therefore we invite artists from countries participating in it — Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine – as well as artists from Poland.

We do not want to group the works in nationality pigeonholes; however, at the same time we do not pretend that the issues of ethnicity and nationality are invisible. Young political systems and post-communist heritage still influence art in many countries. Artistic activity is connected not only to artist’s personal resources — artistic schools, institutions supporting the artists’ work and the existence of artistic circles and presence of art critics and curators play an important role as well. These are important issues, which were presented to us in virtually every country we visited. And finally, artists make statements concerning only the topics pertaining to them and their lives.

Edwin Bendyk prophesizes, that the solution to various global problems is the creation of interpersonal relations based on love, not competition, hierarchy or domination. We are interested in love, which transgresses the notion of relation between two people. We seek positive emotions, which create bonds between people all over the world – bonds that are an alternative to government authority and economic capital.

We want to ask the artists what role they think these emotions play in post-communist society and whether building new social capital on interpersonal relations is a utopia or perhaps it can be realized.

We see our project as an open situation, creating various modes of participation and interpretation – from watching and listening to discussion, active participation and writing. We will gather objects, organize meetings, discussions, lectures, workshops, performances and installations in public space.

Project concept:
Anna Lazar, Monika Szewczyk
Contributing curators:
Anna Lazar, Marianna Hovhannisyan, Magda Guruli, Lena Prents, Stefan Rusu

Exhibition design:
Robert Rumas