DRIFTING IDENTITIES (Exhibition&Colloquium)

DRIFTING IDENTITIES (Exhibition&Colloquium)

Location: Chisinau, Republic of Moldova 

Period: 30th of October-13th of November, 2012

Organizer: KSAK-Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau

Exhibition: 30th of October-13th of November (10.00-17.00)

Opening: 30th of October (18.00); open for the public 

Location: Zemstvei Museum, 

Address: Str. Sciusev 103

Colloquium: 31st of October-1st of November (10.00-18.00)

Location: SPALATORIE Theater (http://www.spalatorie.md/)

Address: Str. Eminescu 72

DRIFTING IDENTITIES is focused on researching, documenting and archiving the identity phenomena located in the past and the present of post-socialist societies and it is dedicated to the contextualization of identity tendencies (some recent, but also some residual markers), two decades after the dissolution of Eastern bloc. 

What we have today are the countries in some cases trapped between Russian influence and the EU expansion process, and in other cases torn between nationalism and the nostalgia for the former regime, as well as between the expansive development of the open market and the aggressiveness of neo-liberal establishment. The aim of the colloquium is to investigate a wider spectrum, going beyond the exclusively ethnical aspect, towards a broader understanding and debates around the changing notion of identity and its fluid aspects. Thus, the exhibition includes a number of visual art projects as relevant comments on the evolution of the social engineering strategies in its current state (case studies: Bulgaria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Armenia). 

Participants: 

Exhibition: Anatoly Belov [UA], Marina Naprushkina [BY], Ivan Mudov [BG], Societe Realiste (Ferenc Gróf and Jean-Baptiste Naudy) [FR/HU], Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova [SK], Lucia Nimcova [SK], Dumitru Oboroc [RO/MD], Eliza Ursachi [RO], Ghenadie Popescu [MD], Pavel Braila [MD], Nicoleta Esinencu [MD], Valeria Barbas [MD], Karine Matsakyan&Sona Abgaryan [AM], Nadia Tsulukidze [GE], 

Colloquium: Pavel Braila [MD], Susanna Gyulamiryan [AM], Nicoleta Esinencu [MD], Tamara Vardanyan [AM], Irina Solomatina [BL], Tatiana Fiodorova [MD], Julia Popovici [RO], Vitalie Spranceana [MD], Vasile Ernu [RO/MD], Tamara Zlobina [UA], Data Chigholashvili [GE], Lesya Kulchinska [UA], Eliza Ursachi [RO]

DRIFTING IDENTITIES is curated by Stefan Rusu.

Project partners in Moldova: the Spalatorie Theater, the Oberlicht Association, ICR/Chisinau, the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History of the Republic of Moldova

Media partners: Timpul, Publika TV

DRIFTING IDENTITIES is part of a series of public events organized by the KSAK Centre in the frame of HEICO, in partnership with the Heinrich-Boell-Foundation Brandenburg/Germany, SPACES/Slovak Republic, the Art Today Association Plovdiv/Bulgaria, the Art&Cultural Studies Laboratory/Armenia and the GeoAIR Association/Georgia. 

A project funded by: European Commission 

Center for Contemporary Art – [KSA:K] is a non-profit, independent institution established in 2000. The strategy of the Center is the development of cultural forms and art practices that reflect the dynamic of the social, political and economic transformations of the society. The Center supports advocacy activities in promoting cultural policies suitable for defining and strengthening the position of artists and contemporary art practices in society.

More details about the project: www.art.md

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