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

Artist is staying at Klaipeda cultute communication centre residence. After the A-I-R Julita will create new works for the exhibition „Close Stranger”. 2014 this travel exhibition will be presented in Gdansk, Kaliningrad, Klaipeda.

Jacek Niegoda (b. 1972) is author of video works and artistic actions and interventions. His works are characterised by a highly humorous elements, which in a surprising and critical manner comment on everyday reality. In 2005, he received an honorable mention at the 11th International Media Art Biennale WRO 05 in Wroclaw. Jacek Niegoda was one of the founders of the artistic group Central Office of Technical Culture (CUKT). In 2000, the  group realised the project “Victoria Cukt” which confronted Poland with a virtual candidate for the presidential elections. Since 2000 is cooperating with Julita Wójcik as art duet NieWójcik.  He participated actively in the creation of the most important art institution in Gdansk: The Wyspa Progress Foundation and Open Atelier (later transformed into Laznia Center for Contemporary Art). He lives and works in Gdansk.

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.