Russian island in the EU
KALININGRAD (Калинингра́д, Königsberg, Kjonigsberg, Кёнигсберг) is the eleventh venue for the EVROVIZION project. It is the capital of the ‘Oblast Kaliningrad’, and since 1945 it has been a Russian ‘island’ and exclave in Eastern Europe. It is located between Poland and Lithuania on the southeast coast of the Baltic Sea. Kaliningrad is the westernmost major city in Russia. Today, the city boasts universities, monuments and places of worship that are reflective not only of the area’s cultural diversity, but also of Kaliningrad’s Prussian and Russian heritage.
The birthplace of the philosopher Immanuel Kant – known today as Kaliningrad – was part of East Prussia until 1945, when it was invaded by the Red Army. For nearly 700 years, the city had been called Königsberg and was known for its cosmopolitan and educated populace. As a result of the Russian annexation, its German residents were expelled and replaced by Russians who were resettled in the region. The territory was declared a restricted military area and foreigners were forbidden to enter Kaliningrad until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. It was only after this that interest in rediscovering the city’s German past and then in restoring the remains of its historical structures began to grow. Today, the city boasts universities, research institutes, museums, monuments and places of worship that are reflective not only of the area’s cultural diversity, but also of Kaliningrad’s Prussian and Russian heritage.
Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen 2020
The Kunsthalle Bremen presents ten promising positions in contemporary art. Renowned curators such as Johan Holten, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Bettina Steinbrügge have nominated ten artists from German-speaking countries, whose works can be seen in an exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bremen from August 29 to November 1, 2020. The nominees included also artists from the EVROVIZON project: Janine Jambere, Henrika Naumann and Nevin Aladag
Selma Selman - Risk Change
*In 2018, I was part of the third international interdisciplinary art exhibition Personal, as part of the project Risk Change for which I received the White Aphroid Award for my works Dangers of the Body, The Body in Danger, Viva la Vida We Who Are Dreaming of. As part of the Risk Change project, my work was a part of My Art Is My Reality exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka (CR), curated by Sanja Kojić Mladenov. The Risk Change project gives a chance for those artists who genuinely GIVE so much attempt for change of society while using art, technology, and mobility. Therefore, it allows us to think outside of the box and make sure that we can have a better future if you all respect those categorized as others. *Selma Selman
Emilija Škarnulytė at Kunsthaus Pasquart
EMILIJA ŠKARNULYTĖ – Sunken Cities at Kunsthaus Pasquart, 3 July – 29 August With Sunken Cities (2021), Emilija Škarnulytė creates an immersive film environment in the Galeries, in which the different rooms function as a time-line. She produces the effect of total immersion in a multi-dimensional landscape in which our gaze is duplicated by the mirrored ceiling and we simultaneously become witnesses of a future, contemporary and past world. The artist opens the perspective with this black, reflective surface, allowing us to experience it as a visual horizon that looks like an ocean of liquid oil.
Nevin Aladag, Kunstforum, Bd. 262
Kunstforum, Bd. 262 Borderlines **Nevin Aladağ** Mustergültiges für unsere Zeit Ein Gespräch von Sabine Maria Schmidt Nevin Aladağ gehört aktuell zu den international gefragten Künstlerpositionen aus Deutschland. 1972 geboren im türkischen Van, ein Jahr später umgesiedelt nach Stuttgart, ausgebildet in München, ansässig in Berlin, steht sie für eine Position, die fern politischer Identitätsdebatten freie künstlerische Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten findet. In zahlreichen Werkserien untersucht sie die Kraft und den Erfindungsreichtum von kulturellen Transfers. Ihre Arbeiten handeln von Selbstbestimmung, Rollentausch, Fremdwahrnehmung und Multiperspektivität. Klischees und vorgeformtes Wissen werden grundlegend hinterfragt. Und sie nutzt die Poesie von Stimmen und Klängen, die sie unterschiedlichsten Körpern und selbstgebauten Instrumenten entlockt.