Open call for participants
The international exchange project SCHLAGBAUM is looking for artists from all disciplines. The project will take place simultaneously in Germany and Ukraine from November 28 till December 6, 2021. The project will involve two groups of artists to focus on the intersection points within their memories and personal experiences as generations born in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

"Schlagbaum" is a German-origin word that means "a beatted tree" but today it is archaic in modern German speech. In contrast, Ukrainians do use it to name the barrier, a device that denotes an area with special crossing rules. From the early 1990s, barriers have become especially visible as markers of the redistribution of public space in Ukraine.

The SCHLAGBAUM project will become a place to exchange visions and reflect on the phenomena of the 1990s. For Germany it is the time of unification after the fall of the Berlin Wall and living through the traumatic consequences of the splitting. Ukraine gained its independence during the same historical period. The newly formed state faced cultural, social and economic crises. In this project, we encourage artists to focus on personal experience of growing up in the 1990s and research how changes have affected the daily lives of their families, communities, and cities.

We believe that shared artistic practice will stimulate the critical understanding of individual and collective memory. We will record the mutual artistic reflection and present it at a joint publication.

The Ukrainian artists will meet in the Carpathians (the exact place to be confirmed). The artists from Germany will come to Gerswalde, Brandenburg. The organisators provide travel costs, accommodation, working materials, and full board.

The project will take place offline simultaneously in Germany and Ukraine. Communication between the groups will be online.

To apply you can send your portfolio and the application form to The applications deadline for Ukrainian participants is 01.11.2021

Project curators: Max Brück, Mathias Weinfurter, Anna Zvyagintseva, Natalia Revko.

SCHLAGBAUM is a joint project of Neuer Kunstverein Gießen e.V. and the NGO Slushni Rechi.

The project is funded under the grant program "MEET UP! Youth for Partnership" by the Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ) Foundation and the Federal Foreign Office.

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