Oxymoron of Normality

October 17, 2014 – November 30, 2014

Organised within the scope of the cultural programme of the 600th anniversary of the Polish-Turkish diplomatic relations, this group exhibition coordinated by Arsenal Gallery (Bialystok, Poland) focuses on the condition of countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

A number of Polish and Turkish artists explore the experience of remote-ness, and what is means to be European and non-European at the same time. The project is inspired by the Bulgarian journalist Alexander Kiossev’s work Notes on Self-Colonising Cultures, in which he describes the process of the formation of identity throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. The author names these countries as self-colonising cultures and tries to point out the problem of self-determination, which is a result of the communist period.

The participating artists are Jadwiga Sawicka, Anna Konik, Oskar Dawicki, Hubert Czerepok, Franciszek Orłowski, Marek Wasilewski, Piotr Wysocki, Can Altay, Fatma Bucak, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan and Ali Taptık.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a panel discussion involving artists and curators.

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