Yury Vassiliev taking part in Artists-in-residence exchange programme of the project "Pažink svetimšalį / Close stranger".

Artist will spend residency at Klaipeda Cultute Communication Centre (Lithuania). After the A-I-R Y.Vassiliev will create new works for the exhibition "Close Stranger". In the year 2014 this travel exhibition will be presented in Gdansk, Kaliningrad, Klaipeda.

Yury Vassiliev (b.1950) is a  Member of the Artists Union of Russia, Honored Artist. Since 2001 realizes his author project «Russian Red» (video, photo, performance, installation), which was presented at more than 50 Russian and international exhibitions in Russia, Germany, Austria, USA, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Belgium, including: «Davaj! Davaj!», Berlin, Germany – Vienna, Austria (2002); «Behind the Red Horizon», Warsaw, Poland – Moscow, Russia (2004); «Brusland. Brussie. Brussia», Brussels, Belgium (2005); «ARS-06», KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland (2006); «Art Index», Riga, Latvia (2008); «RED – RED. Yury Vassiliev and Carl Michael von Hausswolf, 1-st Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg, Russia (2010) etc.

Project "Close stranger" 

«Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture» is a major project aimed at promoting collaborative work of Lithuanian, Polish and Russian institutions involved in contemporary arts and culture, and facilitating a greater understanding between the population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through cultural participation.

The project is run by the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia), the Centre for Contemporary Arts «Laznia» (Gdansk, Poland) and Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre (Klaipeda, Lithuania). It is designed for a two-year period, from January 2013 to December 2014.

The project is to launch a wide range of activities targeted at both the local communities and a large trans-border network of professionals such as contemporary artists, photographers, musicians, curators, art and cultural managers etc. A total of 11 exchange exhibitions to display the most interesting contemporary art practices are planned to be held in Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda throughout the duration of the project.  

Alongside this widely used approach to cultural exchange, the project will employ a number of other mechanisms for enhancing large-scale production- and process-based cooperation in the region.