The fifth edition of the “Open City” Festival of Art in Public Space will begin on June 21 in Lublin. Organized by the “Crossroads” Centre for Intercultural Creative Initiatives, the festival is one of the biggest annual displays of modern art in urban space in Poland. Titled ”UNI/JA-UNI/ON,” this year’s edition of the festival is curated by Anda Rottenberg.
The artists who will display their works in the public spaces of Lublin from June 21 through July 20 include: Paweł Althamer (Poland), Colin Ardley (Scotland), Mirosław Bałka (Poland), Pedro Cabrita Reis (Portugal), Esra Ersen (Turkey), Assaf Gruber (Israel), Flo Kasearu (Estonia), Yakov Kazhdan (Russia), Zlatko Kopljar (Croatia), Marcel Łoziński (Poland), Olaf Metzel (Germany), Anna Molska (Poland), Marina Naprushkina (Belarus), Egle Rakauskaite (Lithuania), Mykola Ridnyi (Ukraine), the international group Slavs and Tatars, and Leon Tarasewicz (Poland).
This year the “Open City” Festival will invoke the tradition of the Lublin Union and the contemporary transformations of its ideas. Held in the city located on the outskirts of the European Union, the festival aims at provoking reflection on the past, present and future of European egotisms and ways of overcoming them. The hosted artists will reflect upon the tensions between the strange and the familiar, the periphery and the center, the ethnic and the universal. They will explore the unstable identity of the crisis-stricken Europe, trying to find an effective ideological antidote that is capable of both infusing Europe with renewed vigour and new dreams. They will interpret the signs of coexistence already present in the urban space of Lublin and leave new impressions there, thus giving voice to new meanings. The artists will pose vital questions about our mutual (separate?) future.
We will soon publish more details about this year’s edition of our festival.