press release

The exhibition project “Kaliningrad und Ahrenshoop 1:1 - Residenzen und Konsequenzen” which is implemented by the Kaliningrad branch of NCCA, The New Art House Ahrenshoop (Neues Kunsthaus Ahrenshoop ) and The Artists’ House Luke (Kьnstlerhaus Lukas) will symbolically finalize over 5 years of artistic cooperation between the aforementioned institutions and will tell about the residencies of German artists in Kaliningrad and about the residencies of Kaliningrad artists in Ahrenshoop (Germany). The project organizers propose to document by means of artistic expression the dialogue about cultural boundaries whose possibility is questioned. At the same time, an artist is encouraged to explore the new country of residence. Among the exhibits are audio and visual works (performance, visual and acoustic installations, photos, prose and poetry, graphics, object, artist’s book) which were created both during the working visits to Kaliningrad and Ahrenshoop, and after the residency. By juxtaposing “Ahrenshoop – Kaliningrad 1:1” the curators pursue the idea of manifesting possibilities or/and difficulties of cross-cultural interaction. Some will find it positive and artistically focused, some, on the contrary, will find it practically impossible, one that can be characterized by a critical approach to considering the particularities of a place. Struggle and confrontation with oneself and other artistic approaches and individualities can be equally referred to here. 1:1 – “one on one” – solitude, uncertainty, indeterminacy which arise when an artist is living in an international context devoting themselves to their work. In doing so, an artist is considering their own formal possibilities, as well as self-identification of an artistic personality in the framework of a creative process or an intensive exchange with other artists and local people… 1:1 – “one to one” – a creative dialogue of an artist with a place which approximates and equals the cities. A dialogue that is searching for the familiar in the foreign, that is taming and appropriating the foreign… 1:1 – “one-one” – a competition between an artist, a city, its dwellers, creative approaches and personal stories. A game that does not always end with a draw…

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Kaliningrad and Ahrenshoop: 1:1
Residencies and consequences
Kuratoren: Gerlinde Creutzburg, Shershun Zinaida

Künstler: Alexey Maslov, Igor Issaev, Yury Pavlov, Yury Vassiliev, Oleg Glushkin, Danil Akimov, Oleg Blyablyas, Dmitry Bulatov, Inke Gundlach, Peter Riedlinger, Norbert Wiesneth, Elmar Bambach, Julia Marquardt, Torsten Buchsteiner, Steffi Hensel, Andy Scholz, Dieter M. Graef, Steffi Stangl, Doreen Uhlig