The Travellers

Zachęta– National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Until 21 August 2016 

Adela Babanova Return to Adriaport, 2013, video still / Courtesy of the artist and PRAGOPROJEKT, a.s

The exhibition looks at travel in a region where freedom to travel was, until recently, a luxury available only to the very few. The revolution of 1989 and the subsequent opening to the world and globalisation processes allowed citizens of the former Eastern Bloc personal mobility on an unprecedented scale. The works presented in the show tell the stories of holiday trips as well as distant journeys and migrations. They focus on a period from the mid-20th century until today, from the closed borders of the divided Cold W ar-era Europe to the capitalism-driven acceleration of the 21st century’s first decades – as seen by contemporary artists hailing from the region of Central-Eastern Europe – often first and second generation migrants.

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