Residencies - Croatia, Peru, Poland & Sweden
OSTRALE Biennial O21 Dresden - ATEMWENDE
Between disorientation and reorientation, to find new paths and avoid dead ends, we need to breathe differently. We need to change perspective and pay attention to those who are at the edge of our field of vision: the outsiders, the oppressed, the unknown, but also biospheres, buildings and social spaces. At the gateway of a new, post-pandemic era, exhausted but hopeful, curious and ready for a turnaround, OSTRALE in 2021 explores how we live together with our fellow humans, animals and our complex environment.
Given the environmental, social, and economic dynamics of the past decade (or, to put it bluntly, "the end of the world as we know it"), it is increasingly clear that the imperative of perpetual growth and development is no longer a sustainable vision for our future, if we are to have one at all.
But while more and more individuals are coming to this realization, the big systems that govern our world and our societies seem less willing to change their behavior. Sometimes it feels like we are caught in a current against which it is futile to fight, but swimming upstream seems more important than ever because we don't have the time normally needed to make such fundamental cultural turns.
The Foundation of Art & Music for Dresden supports artists from Croatia, Peru, Poland and Sweden in realizing their artistic works in Dresden.
In their work for the Ostrale, Christoph and Sebastian Mügge explore how seemingly safe everyday life can be affected by various unpredictable crises. With themes such as preparedness, emergency shelters, and food rationing, they aim to allow visitors to view conflicts, traumas, and fears from different perspectives and to reflect on the high standard of living we take for granted.
In her "Manual for house repairs for women" Nika Rukavina deals with social intolerance and discrimination. This book is transferred to the exterior wall of the Robotron canteen.
The installation "Fiesta en America" by Fátima Rodrigo Gonzales in the Robotron Canteen shows a floor work in Peruvian patterns resembling postmodern structures and social textures.
"The Future Begins Yesterday" - Two students from the Wroclaw University of Art and two students from the Dresden University of Fine Arts jointly develop a "sustainable model" in the form of an artistic container.
Nika Rukavina | Rijeka, Croatia
Fátima Rodrigo Gonzales | Lima, Peru
Jarosław Słomskimit & Ida Sielska | Wroclaw, Poland - Luisa Taina Bemmerlein & Veronika Pfaffinger | Dresden, Germany
Christoph & Sebastian Mügge | Malmö, Sweden
Duration of the Biennial:
July 01-October 03, 2021
Robotron Canteen | Bautzner Straße Memorial | City Drainage / Kaditz Sewage Plant | OSTRALE.Basis Übigau
About the OSTRALE Biennial Dresden
As a non-profit association, the OSTRALE - Center for Contemporary Art is the sponsor and platform for the OSTRALE Biennale as well as the basis for the annual Artist in Residence programs, smaller exhibition series, video formats between the biennials and the educational programs OSTRALE.lab and OSTRALE.kontrovers. The OSTRALE Biennale is the third largest international contemporary arts exhibition in Germany that has been held biennially in the summer months since 2017, and annually until 2016.
As a space pioneer, the OSTRALE Biennale opens up vacant industrial or cultural wastelands. In 2021, the exhibition will be presented for the first time in the heart of Dresden - in the Robotron canteen. The building is a contemporary witness of Eastern Modernism and an often overlooked part of the architectural and social history of the city of Dresden.