International Deadline: April 30, 2019 In November
of this year, we will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of
the Iron Curtain (in former Czechoslovakia known as the Velvet
Revolution), whose primary contribution to society is freedom. On this
occasion, Nitra Gallery in cooperation with the Divadelná Nitra
Association will host an international exhibition of contemporary visual
art. It will share the theme with the 28th International Theatre
Festival Divadelná Nitra (ITF DN): The Faces of Freedom.
The projects objective is to showcase how contemporary artists
reflect upon the theme of freedom, or the lack of it. Freedom comes in
various forms: freedom of the individual, society, speech, thought,
religion, sexual orientation, movement, art, etc. How can we define,
grasp, understand it? How do people from different countries perceive
it? What does it mean to us? Do we need to fight for it? And how, by
which means? What do we do when it is exploited? Where does the freedom
of speech end in a world full of conspiracies, hoaxes and fake news?
Today, freedom sometimes seems to resemble a jungle fight for survival
rather than idealistic notions of peaceful and prosperous cohabitation,
which can lead to nostalgic memories of the totalitarian golden cage in
many of the post-socialist countries. What are the dangers of forgetting
our past and the resulting relativism of undemocratic regimes?
Artworks which will be presented at the exhibition The Faces of
Freedom will be selected from an international open call which accepts
submissions from visual artists of the former Eastern Bloc, which was
subjected to the Soviet Union in the period from the end of WWII until
1989. These countries and their people share similar experiences: the
long-ruling authoritarian regime, the euphoric arrival of freedom in
1989 and the subsequent transformation period of the 1990s when many
considered freedom superior to any and all laws
There is no specification for the type, technique or format of the
submitted artworks, allowing also for happenings and performances. The
project allows for free content, but it should respond to the theme of
the exhibition and the festival. Both new and existing artworks are
eligible as long as they deal with the topic of freedom and/or react to
the specific time and space they will be presented in.
Nitra Gallery, Nitra, Slovakia + public spaces in the city of Nitra.
The selected artworks will be presented in the space of an art
museum, but may also be displayed in various public spaces instead
depending on the nature of the works. In this way we want to bring
contemporary visual arts closer to people who do not visit galleries and
at the same time connect the theatre and art audiences. As the
exhibition is a central part of the ITF DN 2019 accompanying program,
some of the performances and public space projects will be presented
only during the course of the festival, between September, 27th and
October, 9th 2019 when Nitra accommodates a large number of both
domestic and international festival attendees. However, most of the
artworks will be presented during the whole course of the exhibition.
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Due to a limited budget, we will give preference to artworks with less
demanding spatial, technical, production and transportation demands. The
freedom and power of art is namely not rooted in its size, effect and
cost, but in its depth.
All submissions will be reviewed by Nitra Gallerys curator Omar Mirza
who will cooperate with representatives of the ITF DN festival
director Darina Kárová and Ján imko, curator of foreign productions
included in the main programme.
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