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Go West!

The Go West! project raises questions about the most obvious wave of immigration—the young expatriates from the former Socialist Bloc in Western Europe.

Madis Luik One Day Tour. 2012. Photo draft for the video. Courtesy of the artist

The Go West! project raises questions about the most obvious wave of immigration—the young expatriates from the former Socialist Bloc in Western Europe. All artists who participate in the project are somehow part of this phenomenon.

Today, many people, especially young people, have an idea of the beautiful western paradise or about the impossibility to live and act in their homeland, especially if the home is not a welfare state, namely, Europe or America. Artists, as representatives of the most international and mobile profession without reference to place, perfectly illustrate the idea of a modern nomadic people. Of course, they are well aware that the West is a civilized and prosperous society with the capacity for social guarantees, which they are deprived of in their countries of origin. Life in the West compels them to assimilate and even to oppress themselves to prove their right to be a part of that society.

The works of the artists in this project are based on two approaches, the most recognized today: the position of their own personal experience and the experience and research of the nearest social environment. Young authors will tell us what is it to be an immigrant from the former Socialist Bloc, if the West really is a paradise, how they achieve their goals and what career opportunities they have. Some of the main issues of this project will be the feasibility of this kind of emigration, the possibility of returning back after school/work and re-assimilation in their home countries. a special edition of the newspaper interviews, texts and stories of the presented artists will be issued at the exhibition.

This project was especially designed for the Muzeon open-air museum because of its connection with the controversial Soviet past. On the visual material of the park's collections the raised problems are especially visible. It is a chance for the artists to recognize through the art history of the late Soviet and post-Soviet periods their private relationships with not only their geographical, but also their cultural motherlands.

Andrey Parshikov

Organized by
Muzeon Park of Arts

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.