tranzit goes Manifesta 8
Manifesta 8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, will take place in the Region of Murcia (Spain) and the tranzit collective is one of the curatorial teams responsible for the artistic content.
tranzit.org is a network of autonomous associations in contemporary art, which have been working independently since 2002 in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Slovak Republic.
In the framework of Manifesta 8, a trio of independent projects is being initiated by the three curatorial collectives, which are responsible for the artistic content of Manifesta 8, in order to further investigate the potential for establishing a closer dialogue with northern Africa. The three curatorial collectives are:
tranzit.org (Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia)
Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum (Egypt)
Chamber of Public Secrets (Scandinavian Countries, Italy, Lebanon and UK)
Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum has already initiated a series of discussions aiming to research the potential for the creation of a new Pan-African Roaming Biennial. tranzit.org will develop an in-depth publication to examine the various links, narratives and discrepancies between post-colonial and post-communist communities, while Chamber of Public Secrets will set up a collaboration with the popular Arab-language talk show Heewar Maftouh (Open Dialogue), which is broadcast on the Al Jazeera network.
Given the motto of Manifesta 8 in its dialogue with Northern Africa, tranzit.org immediately recalled the Eastern European experience of the transformation of societies after the decline of socialism and the different projections which the idea of communism had created for so many movements of liberation and self-determination. This became the starting point for their contribution to Manifesta 8 a point that was not a dialogue, but a conflict of transfers of imaginations. tranzit‘s multi-venue exhibition will focus on the transfer between theory and practice, in this case the making of an exhibition.