Beware of the Border! (exhibition)

Beware of the Border! (accompanying event) – org. Galeria Arsenał w Białymstok

Artists: Janusz Bałdyga, Mirosław Bałka, Anna Baumgart, Hubert Czerepok, Jadwiga Sawicka, Piotr Wysocki, Elżbieta Jabłońska, Babi Badalov, Anatoly Belov, Yevgenia Belorusets, Pavel Braila, David Chichkan, Yaroslav Futymskyi, Victoria Lomasko, Marina Naprushkina, Petr Pavlenski, Dan Perjovschi, Ghenadie Popescu, R.E.P. group, Mykola Ridnyj, Igor Savchenko, Sabina Shikhlinskaya, TanzLaboratorium group, Lubomyr Tymkiv, Volodymyr Vorotniov, Anna Zvyagintseva

Curators: Waldemar Tatarczuk (Labirynt Gallery) and Monika Szewczyk (Arsenał Gallery)

The Labyrinth Gallery in Lublin is the main organizer of the exhibition, in partnership with the Białystok Arsenał Gallery. Both institutions have been cooperating with the art communities from Eastern Europe for years, so they have decided to address what hinders contacts the most - the border.

The problems and discomfort associated with crossing it or transporting works are unknown to the inhabitants of the European Union, travelling within the Community and the Schengen area. Until recently, the problem seemed to be artistically exhausted - many exhibitions on this theme appeared. The border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia, Transnistria, Cyprus - these are the regions of Eurasia, where this "border tension" is still not resolved and the problems in the Basque Country and Northern Ireland seem to be just dormant. Recent years have brought new facts making this topic even more up-to-date. There is an ongoing war in the east of Ukraine, Russia annexed the Crimea. The turbulent events in the Arabic countries, the ISIS expansion, and the war in Syria caused a great wave of refugees. It has stimulated the activity of nationalist movements in European countries.