March 23, 2007 - Ars Baltica Triennial - Don’t Worry – Be Curious! The 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art
March 23, 2007

Don’t Worry – Be Curious! The 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art

Dont Worry Be Curious!
4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art
March 31-May 28, 2007

Stadtgalerie Kiel
Opening: Friday, March 30, 7 p.m.
www.arsbalticatriennial.org

Artists: Petra Bauer (SE), Anna Baumgart (PL), Olga Chernysheva (RU), Colonel and Khaled D. Ramadan (DK), Bodil Furu (NO), Kaspars Goba (LV), Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (FI), Kristina Inciuraite (LT), Sven Johne (DE), Talleiv Taro Manum (NO), Tanja Nellemann Poulsen (DK), Anu Pennanen (FI), J&K (DE/DK), Katrin Tees (EE), Alexander Vaindorf (SE), Arturas Valiauga (LT), Julita Wójcik (PL)
Curators: Dorothee Bienert (Berlin), Kati Kivinen (Helsinki), Enrico Lunghi (Luxembourg)

The 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art Dont Worry Be Curious! will present photographs, videos, and installations by 20 artists from the countries bordering the Baltic Sea, works that address the problems and fears resulting from upheavals in present-day society.

Europes social, political, and economic reality is currently marked by restructuring processes that have led to a collapse in a continuity of location, a volatility in stable social relationships, and increasing individualization, on the one hand, and growing unemployment, passivity, and disenchantment with politics, on the other. These upheavals are predominantly experienced by West European countries as a crisis of the welfare state, while in East European countries they appear to be the result of socialisms displacement by a capitalistic economic order. The sensed threat provokes similar reactions here as well as there; fear of social impoverishment, of a loss of identity, and of an uncertain future are the effects of globalization. In addition to this is the growing fear of the foreigner and the increasing desire to exclude the other.

The exhibition assumes that art can offer impulses and inspire reflection on participation and the power of agency. Invited are artists whose practice is based on the exploration of their social environment. The artists deal with diverse thematic fields such as migration politics, ideas of normality and differentness, the mechanisms of understanding and misunderstanding, social fears, young peoples various perspectives and concepts of life; the medias influence on perception, thought, and knowledge; the relation between consumer culture and nature; or the sentimental value of the commonplace. What unites the works is a positive and often humorous prevailing mood that makes the observer want to engage in something new and scrutinize his or her own patterns of perception and thought.
Dont Worry Be Curious! will open in Stadtgalerie Kiel on March 30, 2007 at 7 p.m. The press conference will take place on March 29, 2007 at 11 a.m. The exhibition is under the auspices of the Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein and is supported by the programme Culture 2000 of the European Union, the German Federal Cultural Foundation, and institutions from the participating countries: the Danish Arts Council, the Arts Council of Finland, the Center for Contemporary Art Norway, IASPIS International Artists Studio Programme, Moderna Museet International Programme, Stockholm and the Ministries of Culture in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
Further exhibition venues: KUMU Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn (EE); Pori Art Museum, Pori (FI)
Publication: An exhibition catalogue will be published by Revolver Books with an introduction by the curators, an interview with Zygmunt Bauman, and texts by Petra Bauer and Annika Ruth Persson, Anders Eiebakke, Boris Kagarlitsky, Simon Sheikh, Hito Steyerl, Audrone Zukauskaite, and others.
Stadtgalerie Kiel
Andreas-Gayk-Str. 31, 24103 Kiel
Phone: 0431 901 34-00/-11
stadtgalerie@kiel.de, www.kiel.de/kultur/stadtgalerie
Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fr 10-17, Thu 10-19, Sat, Sun 11-17

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