Re–Directing: East 2013
Re–Directing: East is a new project of the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, drawing attention towards regions that hitherto have rarely been present in artists residency programs: Eastern European and Middle Eastern countries.
In the past, the complex geopolitical situation of the region was not conducive to establishing relationships, not only with the more distant western part of Europe, but even between countries that border one another. Re–Directing: East, beginning in June of 2013, aims to build new spaces for dialogue and exploration. The curators, artists, as well as other professionals in the field of contemporary art that are going to be invited to Warsaw, will contribute to the creation of communication networks and the exchange of knowledge as well as experience between remote worlds. Warsaw, due to its historical experience and geographic location, is an ideal place for such a meeting.
In the first edition of the project, from June till October 2013, the guests of Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, included curators as well as other cultural practitioners active in the area of culture from Afghanistan, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Moldova, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Turkey, and Ukraine.
Public presentations of Re–Directing: East Conversations were held every Wednesday at 6 p.m. On that day the public had access to the Project Studio – a busy place of work, meetings, and a storage room for the materials gathered in the course of project development, a proto-exhibition space designed by Jan Strumiłło.