WE ARE THERE, WHERE WE WERE GOING. A REVERSE LOOK INTO TOMORROW OF EASTERN PARTNERSHIP COUNTRIES: UKRAINE, MOLDOVA, GEORGIA

Curators: Stefan-Maria Mittendorf (Pasinger Fabric, Munich) with Anna Gaidai and Iryna Ruzina, (PhotoCult, Kyiv)

Opening: Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 7 p.m.

Short Welcoming Speech: Yuri Yarmilko, Consul General of Ukraine in Munich.

Artist Talk: with present artists: Natalia Sopromadze (Georgia) and Ramin Mazur (Moldova). Language: English. Lichthof (Artrium) and Bargalerie (Bar Gallery)

Duration: 4 July 2019 – 15 September 2019

Opening Hours: every day 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Free Entry

The concept of the “Eastern Partnership” is a political instrument of cooperation and a subproject of the European neighbourhood policy (ENP). In 2009, corresponding agreements were concluded for the Eastern Partnership with the six post-Soviet states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus. The “Eastern Partnership” therefore is a specific eastern dimension of the European neighbourhood policy.

The exhibition shows the precious results of an “open call” which was held under the theme “We are there, where we were going. A reverse look into tomorrow of Eastern Partnership Countries.“ and took place in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia from February to May 2019 under the auspices of PhotoCult Kyiv, inviting young photographers to Munich.

The aim of the exhibition is to uncover democratic processes, transformations and different speeds of development in the three countries through the medium of photography.

The impressive images thus focus on Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia and shed light on their social and cultural development in the context of European families.

The exhibition is a photographic examination of the past, present and future of these countries. It initiates a common visual space, that encourages dialogue and in which commonalities and differences in the development processes of the three countries become visible through comparison of the exhibited works. Being part of the commemorative process the participating artists work with their subjective experiences.

Whether documentary, staged or conceptual, the photographers communicate their own interpretation of memory in different ways and connect them with the present and the contemporaneity. Through the translation into a photographic image, familiar memories are recalled into the collective memory of the audience.

It is the nature of memory, that motivates the artists and at the same time projects an image into the future.

As a derivative of the reality of life in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, the photographic exhibition creates effective alliances on the cultural level. The exhibited works, however, point beyond a purely formal discussion: border extensions on an intellectual level are clearly recognizable and the gates of the “Eastern Partnership” are wide open.

Stefan-Maria Mittendorf, Curator for Contemporary Art in Munich, Volodymyr Sheiko, General Director of the Ukrainian Institute and Anna Gaidai of PhotoCult Cultural Centre of Photography in Kyiv, together selected one artist for each country, who represents his or her home country.

Participating photographers: Andrey Lomakin (Ukraine), Ramin Mazur (Moldova) und Natalia Sopormadze (Georgia).

Screening of the short-list artists: Oganova Dina (GE), Robakidze Tako (GE), Sukhashvili Thoma (GE),  Grigalashvili Natela (GE), Svanidze Mano (GE), Khundadze Nino (GE), Samkharadze Nino-Ana (GE), Polyakov Anton (MD), Ostrous Stanislav (UKR), Malynovskyi Anton (UKR), Palinchak Mykhaylo (UKR), Romanukha Lina (UKR), Dostlieva Lia and Dostliev Andriy (UKR), Kharchenko Sergii (UKR), Khodak Maksym (UKR), Efimov Garry (UKR), Itkin Dmytro (UKR).

Kindly supported by the Consulate General of Ukraine in Munich and Pasinger Fabric Cultural and Civic Center in Munich and in cooperation with PhotoCult Cultural Centre of Photography Kyiv.

Kontakt:

Pasinger Fabrik GmbH — Kultur- und Bürgerzentrum der Landeshauptstadt München

Stefan-Maria Mittendorf M.A., Kurator für zeitgenössische Kunst / Curator for contemporary art

s.mittendorf@pasinger-fabrik.com / www.pasinger-fabrik.com, t: +49 (0)89 829 290 13

August-Exter-Str.1 81245 München

 

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