«Close Stranger»: the final presentation of results
On 8 April 2015 at 19.00, a final presentation of the results of the project «Close Stranger» will take place in Kaliningrad at the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (the attic of the «Kronprinz» barracks). The program includes an exhibition, a concert, a presentation of the publications released in the framework of the project as well as informal discussions with the project participants and the BB NCCA’s partner institutions from Belarus, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Moldova, The Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine.
The program of the presentation includes an exhibition of some of the artworks produced for the project by artists Yuri Vassiliev, Artur Gogolkiewicz and Angelika Fojtuch; visual documentation of the “Close Stranger” exhibition and public art interventions in Kaliningrad, Gdansk and Klaipeda, and a concert of Kaliningrad sound artists participating in the project. Visitors will have a chance to look through some of the publications released in connection to the project, including catalogues for the exhibitions «Witoslaw Czerwonka. Threedreams», «MadeinKaliningrad», «RussianRed», «TheMeeting. Stolen Past», «9000 km» and «Close Stranger» as well as a collection of articles of the exhibition reviews «Russian Red: Polish Ways of Seeing».
Besides, the event provides a unique opportunity to visit the attic of the «Kronprinz» barracks – a future BB NCCA’s exhibition hall which is to be launched in the early 2016 – and to see it in the interim stage of capital renovation.
«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 implemented in the framework of the Lithuania-Poland-Russia Cross-Border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013. The main objective of the Programme financed from the funds of the European Union and the Russian Federation is to strengthen cooperation between Poland, Lithuania and Russia through enhanced bilateral and trilateral relations.
The project launched 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 14 exchange exhibitions and 15 public arts projects featured the most interesting contemporary art practices in Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda throughout the duration of the project. The exhibitions were accompanied by 11 tailor-made education programs, 7 catalogues and a Sound Around Festival CD release. The final «Сlose Stranger» exhibition presented in 2014 in Klaipeda, Gdansk and Kaliningrad featured contemporary arts works produced by the artists from Lithuania, Russia and Poland during their residencies in the neighboring countries. In 2013 a research art expedition was held in order to develop «Art-guide: Gdansk – Kaliningrad – Klaipeda» and 5 cultural tourist routes. Besides, the data-base closestranger.eu in four languages was produced.
In 2015 «Close Stranger» was short-listed for the Russian National Contemporary Visual Arts Award “Innovation” in the nomination «Regional Contemporary Art Project».
Organizer: Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts
Date and time: 8 April 2015, Wednesday, 19:00
Address: BB NCCA exhibition hall (the attic of the «Kronprinz» barracks, Litovsky val, 38, entrance №6, 4th floor)
Contacts: Andrey Efits, +7 (921) 263-56-00, +7 (4012) 604-329, email@example.com