Monday, September 26, 2011

ARTISTIC CITY TRIPS, 6–9 October, Krakow


Are We Again Travellers or Still Tourists? An Encounter with the Other or Looking Through Another’s Eyes.
Artistic City Trips is a project featuring artists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia and Ukraine.

Curator: Nini Palavandishvili (GeoAIR, Tbilisi)

6 – 9 October

Starting Point
Pod Baranami Palace

For many contemporary artists and cultural operators, global mobility is an essential part of their lives and work. The network in which artists operate, which increasingly determines the modern society’s organization and production, also sheds light on the image of globalism - a world of people on the move. The guided trips that artists from 6 countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) will offer in the city of Krakow, without their prior being there, will deal with these issues. This will be an encounter of two aliens when a guest claims to be a guide in a host country. On the basis of their own research and interests, the artists will design their own city tours, referring to the place of their origin and departure. The willingness to delve deeper and to understand better will lead to manifold results. Generally, a tour includes the act of leaving and then returning to the starting point, and therefore, one who undertakes such a journey can be called a tourist. How much of a tourist we will become by coming back to the original starting point or how far we travel, is always up to us, individuals permanently on the move.


Title: Seven Krakow Narrations (the unknown history of a known city)
Start time: 13:00
Duration: 90 min

Have you ever thought to be part of the history of your city? Do you think you are just an inactive, transient element in world history, or do you consider yourself more or less as someone who can contribute to shaping it? Do you believe the history of a certain place can be told or written down?

Discover a part of the city history through the unfolding of its inhabitants’ personal stories: seven narrations from Krakow are drawn together to give a glimpse of the infinite number of life stories a city can enclose.


Title: Krakow Veni Vidi Vici
Start time: 13:00
Duration: 90 min

Have you always felt there is something royal about you? Can nothing stop you if you get a chance to do some shopping? Is there a little of Genghis Khan in you (they say that 1 out of every 100 Europeans is his direct descendant)? Do you get sooo excited when you see fortified walls of a medieval town? Everybody has a chance to be king for 2 minutes, shop in style and try to conquer (but obviously fail) Krakow with Toro from Azerbaijan and his creative history project. Re-live history with Toro!


Title: Krakow Shapes Us & We Shape Krakow
Start time: 12:00 noon
Duration: 180 min

The tour is about ideology and how it shapes public space, about the role that public authorities play in this process along with citizens' responses to it in particular historical, cultural and social contexts. Taking as example the Krakow built environment we will discuss the situations in the cities we come from.

On the way, starting in the Krakow Old Town and ending in the Nowa Huta district, you will walk through various gates and cross invisible borders that used to separate different communities and worlds. You will be given a chance to perform as readers on public transportation (don't forget to take a newspaper, magazine or a book with you) and recite proletarian or any other type of slogan on the sites of former monuments (pick up a slogan or a message of your personal choice). Please also wear a hat, a cap or just cover your head with a scarf during the tour.


Title: This (That) Place
Start time: 12:00 noon
Duration: 120 min

This guided city trip by Anna Zvyagintseva is devoted to people, events, processes, experiences and locations which have no chance to go down in history. The tour is a sliding view of the migrating artist-observer mentioning the reflections of some places in others, twin situations, the same actions repeated independently in different locations. The artist travels between places and times, and also between poetic observations and political conclusions. The artist uses the story of 'this' single place to tell about 'that' one, and represents differences and similarities of social conditions through rhymes of singularities.


Title: Life Is So Simple. The Way of Multiplication
Start time: 17:30
Duration: 90 min

Modestly shining in the sky, SERGEI SHABOHIN, a young progressive star of Belarusian art, comes back to Krakow! Artist, curator, critic, art activist, the Son of his Father - go find HIS way of MANDORLA! Talk to him! His Communion Soup! Be Him!

Alexey Lunev’s trip is dedicated to the project of a Belarusian artist Sergei Shabohin, which was completed a couple of years ago in the streets of Krakow. The visitors will be able to recall the story of that project and get an idea of it in a new interpretation.


Title: Rendez-vous
Start time: 18:00
Duration: 120 min

In this artistic city trip you will be able to visit a couple of Polish families and in a short period of time see and hear not only their family histories but the history of the city and the country as well as look through old family photo albums, listen to their love stories, happy and sad moments, take photos with them, and last, but not least, have some tea with them. We promise you will spend a great time.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Autumn Gallery Tour - Georgia as special guest

LIA, Spinnereistr. 7, hall 18, 2nd floor, Leipzig
Opening: Saturday, September 17, 3 pm

LIA in cooperation with GeoAIR would like to cordially invite you to the Autumn Gallery Tour taking place at the Spinnerei Leipzig. The focus of exhibition this year is Georgia. The show will be inaugurated by Her Excellency Gabriela von Habsburg, Ambassador of Georgia to the Federal Republic of Germany. There will be Georgian food and drinks on the opening.

As always the gallery tour takes place on two days, the 17th and the 18th of September, on Saturday from 11am until 9pm and on Sunday from 11am until 6 pm.

We would be pleased to welcome you.
Kind regards Anna-Louise Kratzsch (LIA) and Sophia Lapiashvili (GeoAIR)

Georgian participants of the exhibition are:
Guram Tsibakhashvili, Sophia Lapiashvili,
Luiza Laperadze, Tamar Botchorishvili.
and LIA-Artists
The Netherlands Fonds BKVB: Machiel van Soest
Iran: Golnar Tabibzadeh
Australia:Cameron Tauschke
Serbia: Dragan Zdravkovic

We cordially thank the BMW plant Leipzig, LIA main sponsor, as well as the Fonds BKVB Amsterdam, the Department of Culture of the City of Leipzig, the Embassy of Georgia in Berlin and the Ministry of Culture and Cultural Heritage Protection Tbilisi Georgia for their kind support.