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‘/De/constructing Borders’ is the first exhibition of contemporary video art from Israel in Dnipro. It brings together videos and video installations by prominent and emerging Israeli artists, who in their works address various boundaries that we face in our everyday life - territorial, political, religious, ethnical, mental, public and personal. The concept of borders as well as processes of enforcing, moving and destroying them have always been crucial for all societies and considering the recent global sociopolitical transformations this issue becomes urgent again on the international level. For many Israeli artists, reflection on questions of dis/integration, collective identity and memory, contested history and ideological changes have been central in their work and thus the exhibition focuses on processes and phenomenons relevant not only to Israeli society but other countries as well, including the US and the former Soviet Union. For Ukraine the question of borders and boundaries appears to be highly relevant at the moment. In addition to the territorial conflict with Russia and its devastating consequences the country is undergoing the process of decommunization, so creating new ideological and political borders and erasing historical past have been sensitive issues here for a while by now. Being placed into the local context of Dnipro, which had also been a closed city for decades during the Soviet era due to its industrial nature, works by Israeli artists will gain new meanings and significancy. Presented works vary in terms of their approach to discussing different kinds of borders and attitude of people to them: some of them are satirical and ironic, others show facts which never appears in the mainstream media due to their critical nature and thus create alternative media discourse, some are research-based and others are built on a provocation. This allows for the exhibition to demonstrate to the audience a wide range of artistic practices and methods and present diversity of the visual language that video Israeli artists have developed over the last years. The exhibition will take place in the former Student palace (also known as Potyemkin Palace), a monument of Soviet architecture of the mid-20th century. The building is an example of propagandistic architecture as it was a place that was targeted towards youth and served as a platform for various events and activities for and with the participation of young people. In the Soviet Union, similar buildings could be found in many cities - there was an entire network of such establishments. Also, in the 1980s, when the USSR system started to decay, such 'palaces' started to host underground and alternative events becoming foreposts of 'western' culture in the USSR. Today, in contemporary Ukraine, the function of the building and its usership has changed drastically: right after the collapse of the Soviet Union the palace has not been used solely for propaganda and ideology-charged activities, it started hosting events of different nature which often had no correlation with current political regimes. At the same time, it still represents a monument of a certain era in the history of the country. Due to its controversial and changing history the space was chosen as the venue for the exhibition, which is directly linked to the topic of reshaping borders and recontextualizing spaces. ‘/De/constructing Borders’ is a part of ‘Construction’ Festival annually carried out by Dnipro-based art organization Kultura Medialna. This is festival of new media and audiovisual art in urban space. The project appeals to physical and perceived image of the city, discovering a new vision of its peculiarities and raising attention to our commons: space, responsibility and future. In 2017 the ‘Construction’ festival focuses on discussing the role of the public space in different societies, relations between citizens and the governments, notion of post-Soviet public space as well as marking the borders between public and private, both physical and mental. For the first time since it was originated ‘Construction’ includes a video art exhibition into its program that will broaden the span of the festival’s activities and will enlarge its audience. The exhibition is supported by Artis, Kultura Medialna, Creative Association of Curators TOK and ‘Cultural Capital’ program.
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