6 June 2019 - 13 October 2019
|Place||Jihlava, Komenského 10, CZECH REPUBLIC|
|Organizer||Vysocina County Gallery in Jihlava|
Exhibition project What borders? responds to the current topic of migration and has two sections. The first part of the exhibition is a project based on cooperation between artists and foreigners who have been living in the Czech Republic for a long time. The second part is the curatorial selection from collections of Czech and Slovak galleries.
The aim of the first part is to connect artists or art school students with foreigners living in the Czech Republic and present the results of their work to public. The project called Prague – borders started in February 2018 with a discussion with foreigners who responded to the call mediated by the Centre for Integration of Foreigners (CIC) about taking part in a joint activity. The aim was to bring together foreigners living in the Czech Republic with representatives of Czech art scene who are originally from abroad (were born or raised there) and to provide conditions for creating a common artwork / project. Their mutual cooperation took place in the months following the discussion, the first results were presented during the 4 + 4 Days in Motion festival, which took place in October 2018 in Prague. Among the participants are women and men of all ages and social ties who come from Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Slovakia, Vietnam, Mexico or Venezuela, for example.
However, the exhibition in the Vysočina Regional Gallery in Jihlava is a much larger project. It combines works created during this collaboration with works by prominent Czech artists of modernism, especially from the first half of the 20th century. The purpose of this connection is to open up themes like international cooperation, foreign influences and motives that have been always influential not only for artists but for the whole Czech society as well.