Stop! Who goes there?
Roman soldiers when on guard duty had to ask all strangers passing by: “Qui vive?”, which means “Who goes there?”, and then follow up with more questions: where is that person going to, where from and of what family he or she is. These questions formed the basis of the words connected with “index” in Latin. The curators of the Biennale of Young Art taking place at numerous artistic venues in Moscow in July are not interested in linguistics as such, but do concentrate on the first question and set it as indicator for what is happening in the Arts amongst youth.
The project is ambitious and unites initiatives from not only Russia, but other countries. For curators, the key criterion is creative passion, love for experimentation and initiative. Every Biennale runs a special theme. This
time it is about boundaries. It is curious to note that young authors who were born after the fall of the Berlin wall applied this subject in their works. What boundaries are perceived by young artists in the epoch of globalisation, easier communication and thus interaction? That is a good question. The answers can be found in Moscow centres of modern art, galleries and street performance.
July 1 – August
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