_Sierpień 2014

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11 July (Friday)
19:00 hours / Wyspa Institute of Art, the premises of the former Gdańsk Shipyard

Admission free

Con­ti­nu­ing the deba­tes aro­und the notion of For­mer West and the com­plex impli­ca­tions of the poli­ti­cal and eco­no­mic shi­fts post-​​1989, the group show Other­wise aims to explore the geo­po­li­ti­cal meaning of the term West in the con­text of migra­tion and pre­ca­rity within post­in­du­strial societies.

Sho­uld we agree that the West is exhau­sted as a poli­ti­cal con­struct, then it must also be ack­now­led­ged that it rema­ins in force as a geo­gra­phi­cal con­fi­gu­ra­tion, with migra­tion as the move­ment which nowa­days rein­for­ces its for­mat. Tho­ugh tech­ni­cally the phy­si­cal and ide­olo­gi­cal bor­ders between the for­mer East and the West were lifted in 1989, the real fre­edom of move­ment and access to the labour mar­ket is still restric­ted. EU agen­cies such as Fron­tex have been esta­bli­shed to rein­force the bor­ders between the EU and non-​​EU coun­tries, thus cre­ating a new East and West division.

Other­wise will inve­sti­gate this sense of limi­ta­tion and the restric­tions deri­ved from one’s geo­gra­phi­cal posi­tio­ning and the strug­gles one faces upon ente­ring the cycle of migra­tion. It will focus on the con­di­tions of con­tem­po­rary wor­kers and the rise of the pre­ca­riat in the con­text of histo­ri­cal chan­ges bro­ught about by the events of 1989 in order to reflect on the short-​​lived poten­tial of a com­mon world free from the hege­mony of any sys­tems; the once-​​imagined possi­bi­lity of things hap­pe­ning otherwise.

Artists: Ella de Burca, Kennedy Browne, Marta Fernandez Calvo, Jesse Jones, Seamus Nolan, Elaine Reynolds
Cura­tor: Mary­sia Więckiewicz-​​Carroll

The exhi­bi­tion will be on view between June 11 until Sep­tem­ber 15, 2014.
The exhi­bi­tion is a part of the Alter­na­tiva 2014 fra­me­work.