HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein

The Border

25 Nov 2017 - 08 Apr 2018

25 November 2017 - 8 April 2018

Where does Asia begin and where does Europe end? The exhibition "The Border" explores and reflects borders as territorial inclusion or exclusion, as a cultural or social dividing line, as an instrument to distinguish the "we" from the "others". The geographical as well as the cultural border between Europe and Asia serves as a leitmotif. The project approaches this topic from an artistic point of view and diverts the view - beyond a purely political and economic meaning - to cultural, artistic, personal or even humorous dimensions. The border is a traveling exhibition with 23 artistic positions of the younger generation from Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia and Germany, which reflect various forms of demarcations. Where does Asia begin and where does Europe end? What influence do borders have and who draws them? These are the key questions posed by the multi-annual art project "The Border" which the Goethe-Institut stages in 2017/18 in conjunction with numerous partner institutions in Eastern Europe, Germany and Central Asia. Having toured the cities of Moscow (Russia), Sankt Petersburg (Russia), Krasnoyarsk (Russia), Kiev (Ukraine), Tbilisi (Georgia) and Minsk (Belarus) the exhibition will be on view at HMKV in Dortmund (Germany) from 25 November 2017. In 2018 it will continue to travel to Yekaterinburg (Russia), Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

The exhibition includes 23 artistic positions of the younger generation from eleven countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Germany, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The artistic media are diverse: videos, interactive sculptures, giveaways, postcards, a neon installation, films, newspapers, a sound installation, wallpaper designs, tea cups, photographs and a karaoke station.

The exhibition is curated by Inke Arns, director of HMKV, and the independent curator Thibaut de Ruyter, who is also responsible for the exhibition architecture.

Artists: Umida Achmedova & Oleg Karpov (Taschkent, Uzbekistan), Alisa Berger (Cologne, Germany), Aytegin Djumailiev (Bishkek, Kirgistan), Natalya Dyu (Almaty, Kasakhstan), Saule Dyussenbina (Almaty, Kasakhstan), Farhad Farzaliyev (Baku, Azerbaidshan), Hamlet Hovsepian (Ashnak, Armenia), Katya Isaeva (Moscow, Russia), Olga Jitlina (Sankt Petersburg, Russia), Anton Karmanov (Novosibirsk, Russla), Alina Kopytsa (Kiev, Ukraine), Gaisha Madanova (Almaty, Kazakhstan / Munich, Germany), Taus Makhacheva (Moscow, Russia), Eleonore de Montesquiou (Berlin, Germany), Stanislaw Mucha (Berlin, Germany), Marat Raiymkulov (Bishkek, Kyrgystan), Alla Rumyantseva & Alexey Rumyantsev (Dushanbe, Tadshikistan), Sergey Shabohin (Minsk, Belarus), Sophia Tabatadze, Nadia Tsulukidze «Khinkali Juice» (Tblisi, Georgia), Alexander Ugay (Almaty, Kasakhstan), Viron Erol Vert (Berlin, Germany), Where Dogs Run (Yekatarinburg, Russia), Anastasiia Zhyvkova (Kiev, Ukraine)

Exhibition venues:
Moscow, RU: Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), Art Gallery Zurab Tsereteli, 1 – 26 Feb 2017
Sankt Petersburg, RU: Design-Center Artplay, 16 March – 11 April 2017
Krasnoyarsk, RU: Museum Center Krasnoyarsk, 22 April – 28 May 2017
Kiev, Ukraine: Plivka, 20 June – 25 July 2017
Tbilisi, Georgia: Georgian National Museum, 30 Aug – 23 Sep 2017
Minsk, Belarus: Kreativzentrum Korpus 8, 4/5 Oct – 9 Nov 2017
Dortmund, DE: HMKV at the Dortmunder U, 25 Nov 2017 – 8 April 2018 (Opening: Fr, 24 Nov 2017)
2018: Yekatarinburg, Russia
2018: Almaty, Kazakhstan
2018: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

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„The Border” is an exhibition project by the Goethe Institute with stations, a.o., in Moscow, Kiev, Minsk, Tbilisi, Dortmund, and in Central Asia. Cooperation partner in Dortmund is the HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein).

Tags: Umida Achmedova, Inke Arns, Alisa Berger, Aytegin Djumailiev, Natalya Dyu, Saule Dyussenbina, Farhad Farzaliyev, Hamlet Hovsepian, Katya Isaeva, Olga Jitlina, Anton Karmanov, Oleg Karpov, Alina Kopytsa, Gaisha Madanova, Taus Makhacheva, Eleonore de Montesquiou, Stanislaw Mucha, Marat Raiymkulov, Alexey Rumyantsev, Alla Rumyantseva, Thibaut de Ruyter, Sergey Shabohin, Sophia Tabatadze, Nadia Tsulukidze, Alexander Ugay, Viron Erol Vert, Anastasiia Zhyvkova