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TINA B. – The Prague Contemporary Art Festival is an international contemporary art project, which strives to combine the creative energy of the cultural scene in Central and Eastern Europe with emerging talents and trends from around the world. TINA B. is held under the auspices and with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the City of Prague.

An acronym for “This Is Not Another Biennial”, TINA B. is also the personification of a fictitious character, the festival’s enigmatic female patron.

For its third edition, TINA B. has adopted the general theme and leitmotif of “FORMS OF ENGAGEMENT”, examining the role and influence of art, artists and artistic practice on the wider cultural, social and political sphere on both a local and a global level. This focus on the various ways in which art engages with society is all the more pertinent in the year of the 40th anniversary of the momentous events of 1968, which had a significant impact not only on society and politics in Czechoslovakia, but throughout the world.

TINA B. 2008 views art as a driving force that compels individuals and society to self-reflection and the contemplation of the current course of society on both a global and local level, a factor that strengthens democratic society and its ability to cope with extreme political and social phenomena, a defence mechanism against the suppression of freedom, democracy and human rights - so thoroughly defended and asserted in 1968 - as well as an indicator of a healthy society and culture.

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TINA B. The Prague Contemporary Art Festival 2008

Künstler: Giovanni Agosta, Eugenio Ampudia, Franco Angeloni, Rosario Antoci, Montse Arbelo, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Zbynek Baladran, Tamy Ben-Tor, Carlo Bernardini, Johanna Billing, Sandow Birk, Ulu Braun, Stefano Cagol, Anetta Mona Chisa, Mario Chromy, Brody Condon, Isabelle Cornaro, Giuliana Cuneaz, Petra Feriancova, Regina Jose Galindo, Kendell Geers, Daniel Hanzlik, Teun Hocks, Bethan Huws, Ragnar Kjartansson, Martin Kocourek, Kensuke Koike, Sigalit Landau, Cristina Lucas, Basim Magdy, Domenico Mangano, Jenny Marketou, Alex McQuilkin, Jonathan Monk, Jan Nalevka, Kambui Olujimi, Adrian Paci, Adam Pendleton, Ana Prvacki, Paola Ricci, Kay Rosen, Avelino Sala, Robert Salanda, Vittorio Santoro, Amparo Sard, Katerina Seda, Zbynek Sedlecky, Jan Serych, Jiri Skala, Michal Skoda, Société Réaliste, Hiroshi Sunairi, Koki Tanaka, Hank Willis Thomas, Saverio Todaro, Kirsimaria E. Törönen-Ripatti, Adam Vackar, Martina della Valle, XYZ , Katarina Zdjelar, ZEVS  ...