Wednesday, April 10, 2013

exhibition by Tanel Rander 

The exhibition departs from neoliberal borderless condition, where Eastern-Europe doesn`t formally differ from the West anymore. Because of the all-embracing depolitization, the difference has become a myth. East-Europe is like a forgotten fairy tale. Philosopher Ovidiu Tichindeleanu has written that East-Europe, in principle, is nothing – if it exists at all, then it is rather hope than a presence and rather past than future. Such a viewpoint demands a new East-European discourse, as the current one, which has dissolved into the paradoxes of "the former East and the former West“, is based on hopelessness and Western thinking. If East-Europe is nothing, then its content is not based on anyting visible or positively existing, but rather on an absence and exclusion. Therefore the new East-European discourse doesn´t need to ground on a certain territory or restore the old borders or stay strictly inside of them, but rather depart from the current „borderless“ condition and develop a cross-border decolonial position.

All works in the exhibition are based on real or symbolic border areas, they criticize the „borderless“ condition, ask questions and make statements that might contribute to a new East-European discourse. 

Thexhibition is open from 12.04. to 05.05.2013 in Tartu Artist House Monumental Gallery (Vanemuise 26, Tartu). Opening: 6 PM, 12.04.

Many thanks to: Marek Mäemets, Andri Allas, Kaisa Eiche, Michael Kurzwelly, Reimo Võsa-Tangsoo, Epp Kubu, Erkki Luuk, Tessa Huging, Rafal Jakubowicz, Karen Lepage

The exhibition has been supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia.


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