THE BORDER at Dovzhenko Centre

Kyiv part of Goethe-Institut exhibition project The Border starts on 20th June in Plivka at the National Olexander Dovzhenko Centre.


Where does Europe end and where does Asia begin? Where does Asia end and where does Europe begin? What influence do the borders have and who draws them? These are the key questions posed by the art project "The Border" spanning many years which the Goethe-Institut will stage in conjunction with numerous partner institutions in 2017/2018.Having toured the cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Krasnoyarsk, the exhibition will now be shown inPlivka at the National Olexander Dovzhenko Centre.


"The Border" explores and reflects upon all manner of borders and their demarcation: as a mark of territorial inclusion or exclusion, as cultural, personal or social dividing lines, as an instrument we use to differentiate and distinguish between "us" and "them" or, indeed, to generate this dichotomy through borders in the first place." Border" should be understood here as a metaphor, that is to say as a figure which is not static, but rather the subject of agreements and change–an extremely current topic for Russia and the former Soviet republics as well as for Germany and Europe in equal measure. Thus, the geographical and cultural border between Europe and Asia is the topical thread running through the exhibition. The project approaches this subject matter from an artistic angle and channels our view beyond purely political or economic concerns to take in a cultural dimension. The aim is to promote a differentiated engagement with the processes involved in, the motivations behind and the causes leading tothe drawing of borders.


The exhibition focuses upon a younger generation of artists who will be showing their insights into and reflections on the topic for the first time together in a travelling exhibition. The exhibition has been curated by Inke Arns, Director of the HMKV in Dortmund, and Thibaut de Ruyter, curator and art critic, Berlin.

Participating artists: UmidaAhmedova& Oleg Karpov (Taschkent, Uzbekistan), Alisa Berger (Cologne,  Germany), AyteginDjumailiev (Bischkek, Kyrgyzstan), Natalya Dyu (Almaty, Kazakhstan), SauleDyussenbina (Almaty, Kazakhstan), FarhadFarzaliyev (Baku, Azerbaijan), Hamlet Hovsepian (Ashnak, Armenia), Katya Isaeva (Moscow, Russia), Olga Jitlina (Saint Petersburg, Russia), Anton Karmanov (Novosibirsk, Russia), Khinkali juice (Sophia Tabatadze and Nadia Tsulukidze, Tbilisi, Georgia), Alina Kopytsa (Kiev, Ukraine), Gaisha Madanova (Almaty, Kazakhstan /Munich, Germany), TausMakhatcheva (Moscow, Russia), Eleonore de Montesquiou (Berlin, Germany), Stanislaw Mucha (Berlin, Germany), Marat Raiymkulov (Bischkek, Kyrgyzstan), AllaRumyantseva& Alexey Rumyantsev (Duschanbe, Tajikistan), Sergey Shabohin (Minsk, Belarus), Alexander Ugay (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Viron Erol Vert (Berlin, Germany), Where Dogs Run (Yekaterinburg, Russia), Anastasiia Zhyvkova (Kiev, Ukraine).

Curated: InkeArns, Dortmund, and Thibaut de Ruyter, Berlin
Exhibition design: Thibaut de Ruyter,assisted by: Camille Rouaud, Berlin
Production: Liason des Arts, KarolaMatschke, Berlin


Project supervisor: Astrid Wege, Goethe-InstitutMoskau, Beate Köhler,Goethe-Institut Ukraine

Project co-ordination: Natalja Sabrodskaja, Lisa Welitschko, Goethe-InstitutMoskau,

Olena Lykhovodova, Goethe-Institut Ukraine

Graphic design: Ivan Gubenko, Kiev 


“The Border” is an Goethe-Institut exhibition project that will take place in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Kiev, Tbilisi, Minsk, Dortmund, and Central Asia. Curated by Inke Arns and Thibaut de Ruyter. With the friendly support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.


Partners: Plivka, National Olexander Dovzhenko Centre, Platform for Cultural Initiatives IZOLYATSIA

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