Imperial Differences

Anna Viola Hallberg
October 07 - January 15, 2016

In residence from Sweden: October 7 - December 4, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday November 20, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
On view at SPACES: November 20, 2015 - January 15, 2016

Domesticity and political containment among Cleveland based Russians

Anna Viola Hallberg's interest in the circumstances of exile stems from her own experience of coming from a small country in between the two former super powers of the US and the Soviet Union. The notion of betweeness has inspired several projects critiquing the ambiguity between the private and the public, the narrative and the documentary, and the watcher and the watched. Informed by postcolonial studies, Hallberg explores themes such as migration, the red scare, displacement, longing and belonging.

During her SPACES residency, Hallberg initiates the exploration of political containment in Cleveland through her new project, Imperial Differences. Hallberg appropriates the structure of the Kitchen Debate, in which Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev discussed the merits of capitalism and communism in 1959, to study Cleveland-based Russian communities. In place of world leaders gathered at a table, Hallberg will work with self-identified Russians who have emigrated from one country to another, sharing cultural, economic, and political aspects from both spheres. Together with Hallberg this specific community will engage in a process of dismantling topics in social and political contingencies, and the relation between domesticity and political containment.

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National Endowment for the Arts Ohio Arts Council Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts John P. Murphy Foundation

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This project is a part of the SWAP Program.

The SPACES World Artists Program (SWAP) offers residencies to international, national and local artists who explore and experiment. SWAP supports artists in the creation, presentation and discussion of new work, while facilitating opportunities for them to collaborate with artists and audiences in Northeast Ohio.

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