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border 1September 19, 2018, at 16.00 a press tour and at 18.00 an opening of the "The Border" exhibition of modern art of Goethe Institute will be held at the A. Kasteyev Museum of Arts. 

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. The exhibition will now be shown in Ekaterinburg. Ekaterinburg will become the next city to hold the exhibition.

"The Border" explores and reflects upon all manner of borders border 2and 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 to the 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.

border 3Participating artists: Umida Ahmedova & Oleg Karpov (Taschkent, Uzbekistan), Alisa Berger (Cologne, Germany), Aytegin Djumailiev (Bischkek, Kyrgyzstan), Natalya Dyu (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Saule Dyussenbina (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Farhad Farzaliyev (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), Taus Makhatcheva (Moscow, Russia), Eleonore de Montesquiou (Berlin, Germany), Stanislaw Mucha (Berlin, Germany), Marat Raiymkulov (Bischkek, Kyrgyzstan), Alla Rumyantseva & 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 by: Inke Arns and Thibaut de Ruyter, Dortmund and Berlin
Exhibition design: Thibaut de Ruyter, assisted by Camille Rouaud, Berlin
Production: Liaison des Arts, Karola Matschke, Berlin
Project supervisor, idea: Astrid Wege, Goethe-Institut Moscow

“The Border” is a Goethe-Institut exhibition shown in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Kiev, Tbilisi, Minsk, Dortmund, Almaty and Tashkent. With the friendly support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.