Who is my neighbour? What is my neighbour? And what does neighbourhood really mean in the 21st century?
These questions will be addressed by Zeyno Pekünlü, Borjana Ventzislavova, George Drivas, Genco Gülan, Krassimir Terziev, Anna Lascari, Oktay İnce, Raycho Stanev, Jenny Marketou, Alper Şen, Ivan Moudov, Can Altay and the Personal Cinema network in their works for the Neighbourhood X.0 show.
These media artists from Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey remind us that to this day, “neighbourhood” is a loaded word – with not only positive connotations. On the contrary, that military conflicts, poverty-driven migration and preconceptions about “the other” still – or rather yet again – loom large.
The artworks also show clearly that neighbourhood in the 21st century is a global phenomenon, including aspects seemingly at odds with our traditional notions of neighbourhood. Such as the systematic smuggling of waste from Switzerland into Germany, for instance. Or Bulgarians flown over to a movie set on the Mexican coast to serve as battle scene extras in the Hollywood blockbuster “Troy”. And then there’s the basic question: Are other people and countries really our only “neighbours”?
“Neighbourhood X.0” is a permanent virtual exhibition set up as part of the ArtUP! project.
The exhibition was designed and curated by Ege Berensel (Ankara). The Greek part of the exhibition was curated by Katerina Gkoutziouli (Athens), the Bulgarian part by Pavlina Mladenova (Sofia).
Don’t miss the show!
Also, if you’re in town, don’t miss the “Neighbourhood X.0” show at the Goethe-Institut Ankara!
September 27–November 3, 2012
Opening: September 27, 2012, at 7pm