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