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Art in Residence

Project “Closer stranger”. A-I-R

«Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture» is a major project aimed at promoting collaborative work of Lithuanian, Polish and Russian institutions involved in contemporary arts and culture, and facilitating a greater understanding between the population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through cultural participation.

The project is run by the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia), the Centre for Contemporary Arts «Laznia» (Gdansk, Poland) and Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre (Klaipeda, Lithuania). It is designed for a two-year period, from January 2013 to December 2014.

The project is to launch a wide range of activities targeted at both the local communities and a large trans-border network of professionals such as contemporary artists, photographers, musicians, curators, art and cultural managers etc. A total of 11 exchange exhibitions to display the most interesting contemporary art practices are planned to be held in Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda throughout the duration of the project.

Alongside this widely used approach to cultural exchange, the project will employ a number of other mechanisms for enhancing large-scale production- and process-based cooperation in the region.

The project consists nor only of exhibitions, but also artists-in-residence exchange programme. In the year of 2013 three Lithuanian artists: Marta Vosyliute, Laura Zala, Nerijus Jankauskas will have residence in the Centre for Contemporary Arts «Laznia»; other tree: Remigijus Treigys, Laura Garbštiene and Jurga Barilaite - the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts. During 10 days (May, 2013) stay artists will explore “closer neighbours” (people, space, cities, landscape etc). and create works for coming exhibition “Closer stranger”. In 2014 this exhibition will be open in Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda.

Participants (project partners’) of artists-in-residence exchange programme 2013:

Oleg Bliablias  / 2013.08.30 – 09.09 / Project “Close stranger”. Klaipeda

Alexey Chebykin / 2013.11.05 – 11.15 / Project “Close stranger”. Klaipeda

Yury Vassiliev / 2013.11.05 – 11.15 / Project “Close stranger”. Klaipeda

Julita Wójcik / 2013.08.30 – 09.09 / Project “Close stranger”. Klaipeda

Jacek Niegoda / 2013.08.30 – 09.09 / Project “Close stranger”. Klaipeda

Artur Gogołkiewicz / 2013.08.30 – 09.09 / Project “Close stranger”. Klaipeda

Lithuanian participants of artists-in-residence exchange programme 2013:

Marta Vosyliūtė / 2013.05.17 – 05.26 / Project “Close stranger”. Gdansk (Poland)

Laura Zala / 2013.05.17 – 05.26 / Project “Close stranger”. Gdansk (Poland)

Nerijus Jankauskas / 2013.05.17 – 05.26 / Project “Close stranger”. Gdansk (Poland)

Remigijus Treigys / 2013.05.20 – 05.30 / Project “Close stranger”. Kaliningrad (Russia)

Jurga Barilaitė / 2013.05.20 – 05.30 / Project “Close stranger”. Kaliningrad (Russia)

Laura Garbštienė / 2013.05.20 – 05.30 / Project “Close stranger”. Kaliningrad (Russia)