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Situation Silesia 2019
Project IdVIS2019
Main solverdoc. MgA. František Kowolowski
Period1/2019 - 12/2019
ProviderVisegrad Fund
AnotationThe main objective of the project: ? Increased awareness of cultural diversity and cross-border intercultural dialogue using the contemporary fine art. ? Increased awareness of common heritage, including history (post-industrial region) and contemporary arts ? Larger volume of common cultural productions reaching out to new audiences through an exhibition of contemporary art, educational and animation programmes and publication. The curatorial concept of the Situation Silesia 2019 exhibition is based on the premises that the geographic area of Upper Silesia on the Polish side and Silesia on the Czech side is a culturally homogenous unit of which history was radically affected by the expansion o f heavy industry, coal mining and the phenomena related to the dynamics of socio-cultural transfers. However, in both republics these transfers have been viewed murkily as a life ?somewhere at the end of the world?. The Situation Silesia 2019 is an exhibition representatively presenting remarkable dynamics of Silesia in the Czech Republic and Upper Silesia in Poland in the field of contemporary fine arts. Artwork of more than fifty authors will be presented to the public on the Czech and Polish side. Such art show has never been presented before. Not only authors who significantly influenced events in the Silesian art scene in the early 1990s, but also the authors who have shaped the artistic expression in the following decades, and also outstanding art talents on the art scene will be presented at the exhibition. The important factor shaping the high quality level of art life on both sides of the Silesian border was the foundation of faculties of art (Faculty of Art of the University of Ostrava and Wydział Artystyczny Uniwersytetu Śląskiego in Cieszynie). Many of the exhibiting authors, as well as theoreticians and dramaturges, have been professionally associated with these institutions. Therefore, it is logical that these very institutions initiated the Silesia Situati