Yeşim Ağaoğlu, Vahram Aghasyan, Babi Badalov, Anatoly Belov, Tatiana Fiodorova, Ghazel, Oxana Gourinovitch, Dominik Jałowiński, Tigran Khachatryan, Aleksander Komarov, Anna Konik, Yulia Kostereva & Yuriy Kruchak, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Victoria Lomasko, Lada Nakonechna, Anna Okrasko, Nini Palavandishvili & Data Chigholashvili /GeoAIR, R.E.P., Mykola Ridnyi, Sabina Shikhlinskaya, Société Réaliste (Ferenc Gróf, Jean-Baptiste Naudy), Vladimir Us, Julita Wójcik, Piotr Wysocki, Martin Zet
Friday, August 29, 2014
exhibition opening and Tatiana Fiodorova’s performance - Arsenal Gallery, 2 A. Mickiewicza St., Bialystok, Poland
exhibition opening - Arsenal Gallery power station, 13 Elektryczna St., Bialystok, Poland
Lyudska Podoba concert (Anatoly Belov and Heorhii Babanskyi) - Arsenal Gallery power station, 13 Elektryczna St., Bialystok, Poland
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Panel discussion - Arsenal Gallery, 2 A. Mickiewicza St., Bialystok, Poland
"International Food Night" - Nini Palavandishvili and Data Chigholashvili
Arsenal Gallery, 2 A. Mickiewicza St., Bialystok, Poland
Exhibition will be on view until November 6, 2014
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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Panel discussion - Saturday, August 30, 2014, 12 p.m., Arsenal Gallery, 2 A. Mickiewicza St., Bialystok, Poland
The discussion with panelists and audience will be devoted to migration and will be carried out using performative and theatrical techniques. Some of the participants:
Edwin Bendyk, Max Cegielski, Anna Łazar, Nini Palavandishvili, Olga Rybchinskaya, Hanna Samarskaya, Larisa Venediktova, artyści wystawy, wszyscy zainteresowani
Lilia Dragneva, Yuliya Vaganova
“Deprivation” is an exhibition staged by the Arsenal Gallery in Białystok (Poland) as part of the festival “The Rise of Eastern Culture / Another Dimension 2014”. 27 artists from 11 countries have been invited to participate in the show which constitutes a continuation and an extension of artistic activities by creators coming from the Eastern Partnership countries, initiated by the Arsenal Gallery in 2011 with the exhibition “The Journey to the East”, organized to accompany the Polish Presidency of the EU.
The main problem addressed by “Deprivation” revolves around migration and its political, social, economical and psychological aspects. The exhibition has been inspired by social situation prevailing in the countries of the former Eastern Bloc but also by the European discourse on the Eastern Partnership. These questions seem particularly significant in the context of the Schengen Area. Contradictions and inequalities are too conspicuous to remain unnoticed, including difficulty in obtaining visas, high fees and long waiting times. An Armenian person has to pay for a Polish visa twenty times as much as a Polish person for an Armenian visa. These disproportions and bureaucratic absurdities call our declarations of cooperation into question.
It is not only custom procedures and the troublesomeness of crossing borders that the exhibition focuses on. A decision to emigrate tends to bring about a dramatic change in one’s personal life. Moving to another country – regardless of whether it is voluntary or forced – requires a redefinition of oneself as a citizen, one’s national identity, habitat and language. It often entails loss or infringement of civil rights, separation from one’s kith and kin, identity conflicts and language barriers. This is a problem well-known in Poland and the former republics of the USSR. Although in a reversed fashion, Western Europe – flooded with immigrants from all over the world – is also affected by this.
Immigrating to earn money or to enjoy political or spiritual freedom, chasing dreams of a better life, escaping from persecution, displacement, uprooting – these are the many aspects of migration approached by artists partaking in the exhibition.
Accompanying events include a discussion panel with the participation of social and political activists, curators, artists, social scientists and social observers, performative activities, workshops, a concert and a lecture.
The second edition of the festival the Rise of Eastern Culture / Another Dimension will be held on 28 – 31 August 2014, in Białystok. Similarly as in 2013, municipal and provincial cultural institutions, non-governmental organizations and individual artists are contributing to the schedule of the Festival. The idea of the event – a presentation of individual dimensions of art – will be kept. Paying attention to one of the community will also be continued.
This year, the Festival’s program is mainly based on the dimensions of MUSIC AND DANCE as well as CONTEMPORARY ART. There are planned, inter alia, a music-dance-theatre spectacle in the urban space, outdoor concerts, club concerts of electronic music and a large project in the field of contemporary art with the participating artists from Eastern Partnership countries of Russia and Poland. Also, there won’t be missing theater premiers, screenings of films (“Neighbours” Cinema), animations for children, or actions directed to an adult recipient (including educational walks, culinary show).Being encouraged by the great interest during the last year’s edition of the festival activities in the area of fashion, we plan to continue them this year as well.
In 2013, the Festival particularly accentuated the culture of Tatars. This year, Another Dimension of Society will be dedicated to Belarusians, largely living in both Białystok and Podlasie. Their culture is a very important component of the social and cultural life of the city and the region. There is a plan to show the richness of this culture in our region, but also to show contemporary Belarus (through a debate, exhibitions of photographs and a documentary film, among other things).
The Festival events will take place in various locations, including theatres, art galleries, Białystok Cultural Centre, but mainly in the urban space. It is also an intention of the organizers, so as to the Festival “left” beyond Białystok and was present in the region as well.
The originator and the main coordinator of Another Dimension Festival is Białystok Cultural Centre.