Location: Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Period: 30th of October-16th of November, 2012
Organizer: KSAK-Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau
DRIFTING IDENTITIES is focused on researching, documenting and archiving the identity phenomena located in the past and the present of post-socialist societies and it is dedicated to the contextualization of identity tendencies (some recent, but also some residual markers), two decades after the dissolution of Eastern bloc).
Colloquium: 31st of October-1st of November (10.00-18.00) open for the public
Location: SPALATORIE Theater (http://www.spalatorie.md)
Address: Str. Eminescu 72
DRIFTING IDENTITIES is focused on researching, documenting and archiving the identity phenomena located in the past
and the present of post-socialist societies and it is dedicated to the contextualization of identity tendencies (some
recent, but also some residual markers), two decades after the dissolution of Eastern bloc.
What we have today are the countries in some cases trapped between Russian influence and the EU expansion process, and in other
cases torn between nationalism and the nostalgia for the former regime, as well as between the expansive development of the open
market and the aggressiveness of neo-liberal establishment. The aim of the colloquium is to investigate a wider spectrum, going
beyond the exclusively ethnical aspect, towards a broader understanding and debates around the changing notion of identity and its
fluid aspects. Thus, the exhibition includes a number of visual art projects as relevant comments on the evolution of the social
engineering strategies in its current state (case studies: Bulgaria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Republic of Moldova, Georgia
Anatoly Belov [UA], Marina Naprushkina [BY], Ivan Mudov [BG], Societe Realiste (Ferenc Gróf and Jean-Baptiste Naudy) [FR/HU],
Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova [SK], Lucia Nimcova [SK], Dumitru Oboroc [RO/MD], Eliza Ursachi [RO], Ghenadie Popescu [MD],
AlteArte – (Pavel Braila [MD], Angelika Herta [RO], Lilia Braila [MD/RO]), Nicoleta Esinencu [MD], Valeria Barbas [MD],
Max Kuzmenko [MD], Karine Matsakyan&Sona Abgaryan [AM], Sophia Tabatadze [GE], Nadia Tsulukidze [GE],
Pavel Braila [MD], Susanna Gyulamiryan [AM], Nicoleta Esinencu [MD], Tamara Vardanyan [AM], Irina Solomatina [BL], Tatiana Fiodorova [MD],
Julia Popovici [RO], Vitalie Spranceana [MD], Vasile Ernu [RO/MD], Tamara Zlobina [UA], Data Chigholashvili [GE], Lesya Kulchinska [UA],
Eliza Ursachi [RO]
DRIFTING IDENTITIES is curated by Stefan Rusu.
Project partners in Moldova: Spalatorie Theater, Oberlicht Association, Romanian Cultural Institute/Chisinau, National Museum of
Ethnography and Natural History of the Republic of Moldova
DRIFTING IDENTITIES is part of a series of public events organized by the KSAK Centre in the frame of HEICO, in partnership with
the Heinrich-Boell-Foundation Brandenburg/Germany, SPACES/Slovak Republic, the Art Today Association Plovdiv/Bulgaria, the
Art&Cultural Studies Laboratory/Armenia and the GeoAIR Association/Georgia.
A project funded by: European Commission
Center for Contemporary Art – [KSA:K] is a non-profit, independent institution established in 2000. The strategy of the Center is
the development of cultural forms and art practices that reflect the dynamic of the social, political and economic transformations
of the society. The Center supports advocacy activities in promoting cultural policies suitable for defining and strengthening the
position of artists and contemporary art practices in society.