Two Part Project: «Liberty» / «Freedom».
Paintings, sculptures, photos, installations, videos, graphics, objects, and performances
Date: July 2 — August 2
Venue: Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 17 Ermolaevsky Lane
Opening: July 1, 7.30pm

Curators: Darya Kamyshnikova, Sergey Erkov

Participants of ‘Liberty’ (31): Dmitry Ablin, Polina Druskinas, Alexander Dorokhov (Russia), Svetozara Alexandrova (Bulgaria — Austria), Habib Asal (Jordan — Switzerland), Rania Bellou (Greece), Daphna Weinstein (UK), Nikita Garets (Ukraine), Benedikt Dichgans (Germany), Alfred Dong (Jinming Dong) (China — USA), Ivars Drulle (Latvia), Vita Dumchute (Russia), Alexey Dyakov (Russia), Oksana Kapishnikova (Kyrgyzstan), Taisia Korotkova (Russia), Robertas Narkus & Milda Zabarauskaite (Lithuania), Ivan Novikov (Russia), Tatyana Pautov (Russia — Israel), Viktor Petrosyan (Ukraine — Russia), Yan Pischikov (Russia), Jeanne de Petriconi (France), Simona da Pozzo (Italy), Tamás Réthey-Prikkel (Hungaria), Alexey Rudikov (Russia), Yana Smetanina (Russia), Samuil Stoyanov (Bulgaria), Bojana Tamindžija (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Heidi Hankaniemi (Finland — Spain), Anastasia Khoroshilova (Russia), Florian Egermann (Germany).

Participants of ‘Freedom’ (26): Maria Anwander (Austria), Lilya Burkova, Maria Ivanova (Russia), Aline Biasutto (France), Christina Georgiou (Cyprus), Alexander Glandien (Germany — Austria), Manos Grafanakis (Greece — Spain), Natalia Dyu Наталья Дю (Kazakhstan), Michael Johansson (Sweden), Antoine Coquard (France), Viktoria and Dmitry Korol (Ukraine), Tatyana Kochemasova, Maria Vyazhevich, Nadezhda Mukhina (Russia), Alexandra Mazur-Knyazeva (Russia), Allison Maletz (USA), Alexander Pogorzhelsky (Russia), Maima Pushkareva (Russia), Johanna Reich (Germany), Anastasia Sautenko (ASya) (Russia), Svetlana Hansemann (Uzbekistan — Russia), Sabrina Harri (Finland), Anna Herrgott (Germany), Fotini Chandra (Switzerland — Greece), Elena Ciobanu (Romania).

The two-part project ‘Liberty’ / ‘Freedom’ demonstrates how young authors treat the problem of crossing borders. What liberates us? Where do the limits of freedom lie? What can we oppose to various restrictions? What are we free to do and choose? How similar are notions of Liberty and Freedom among artists from different countries?

Authors analyze two semantic issues: Liberty as a system of values that define the social being of the individual, and Freedom as an existential notion imposed by proper interests and needs of a person.
Social freedom, or Liberty, is what constitutions and declarations guarantee. How does a modern young man feel within the limitations of law? How voluntary and conscious is his being within the ‘borders of liberty’?

The notion of Freedom that dates back to ancient times has almost disappeared from contemporary Russian language, keeping its narrow meaning in the slang of prisons and concentration camps. Freedom is, above all, the independent behavior of a person, his or her independence of others, freedom of choice and freedom of deeds that sometimes contradict to given rules and conditions. No restrictions matter when a man is free — free to obey or protest. Free to accept or deny the way of life dictated by the society, as well as inner or outer borders that define our place within the social context.

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