No Land’s Men

de Punt, Amsterdam (NL)
An exhibition of immigrant artists from Russia in Amsterdam.
22.11.2013 — 14.12.2013

The problem of exile has been explored in many fields. Immigration and emigration have been part of a history of great artists and thinkers internationally, such as Walter Benjamin, Thomas Mann, Milan Kundera, Erich Maria Remarque, Henry Miller, Victor Hugo, Heinrich Heine and specifically such world famous cultural practitioners from Russia as Vladimir Nabokov, Andrey Tarkovsky, Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Ilya Kabakov, Mark Rothko and many more. NO LAND’S MEN takes as a point of departure the problem of immigration and the urgency to speak about the notion and reasons for immigration as well as about the complexity of finding a balance between the motherland and the new home.

Within the Dutch-Russian bilateral year we take immigrant artists from Russia as a case study, investigating the psychological adjustments they experience in their attempts to find a common ground between Russian and Dutch ways of living. We would like to examine the notions of memory and forgetting along with the transformation of national identity. Nostalgia, which is historically inherent to Russians abroad, is another important aspect. ”Fatal attachment to the national roots”, as it was described by the wide-renown film director Andrey Tarkovsky.

ARTISTS: Irina Birger, Marina Chernikova, Olga Ganzha, Konstantin Guz, Lev Kazachenko, Lyuba Matyunina, Irina Popova and MashaRu

CURATOR: Katia Krupennikova

Olga Ganzha, New Dutch, installation, texts on paper.
Specially created for No Land’s Men exhibition.


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