Don’t Worry – Be Curious! Die 4. Ars Baltica Triennale der Fotokunst

9 February–16 March 2008
Opening: 8 February 2008


NGBK, Oranienstraße 25
Weitere Stationen: KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, Estland; Pori Art Museum, Finnland; Andrejsala, Riga, Lettland; Casino Luxembourg, Luxemburg


Petra Bauer, Anna Baumgart, Olga Chernysheva, Bodil Furu, Kaspars Goba, Kristina Inciuraite, J&K, Sven Johne, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen und Tellervo Kalleinen, Talleiv Taro Manum, Tanja Nellemann Poulsen, Anu Pennanen, Colonel und Khaled D. Ramadan, Katrin Tees, Alexander Vaindorf, Arturas Valiauga, Julita Wójcik

Project group Ausstellungsübernahmen

Stéphane Bauer, Farida Heuck, Katharina Hohmann, Katharina (Katja) Jedermann, Simon Marschke, Antje Weitzel

The 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art Don’t Worry – Be Curious!, curated by Dorothee Bienert, Kati Kivinen and Enrico Lunghi, will present photographs, videos, and installations by 20 artists from the countries bordering the Baltic Sea, works that address the problems and fears resulting from upheavals in present-day society.

Europe’s social, political, and economic reality is currently marked by restructuring processes that have led to a collapse in a continuity of location, a volatility in stable social relationships, and increasing individualization, on the one hand, and growing unemployment, passivity, and disenchantment with politics, on the other. These upheavals are predominantly experienced by West European countries as a crisis of the welfare state, while in East European countries they appear to be the result of socialism’s displacement by a capitalistic economic order. The sensed threat provokes similar reactions here as well as there; fear of social impoverishment, of a loss of identity, and of an uncertain future are the effects of globalization. In addition to this is the growing fear of the “foreigner” and the increasing desire to exclude the “other”.

The exhibition assumes that art can offer impulses and inspire reflection on participation and the power of agency. Invited are artists whose practice is based on the exploration of their social environment. The artists deal with diverse thematic fields such as migration politics, ideas of “normality” and “differentness,” the mechanisms of understanding and misunderstanding, social fears, young people’s various perspectives and concepts of life; the media’s influence on perception, thought, and knowledge; the relation between consumer culture and nature; or the sentimental value of the commonplace. What unites the works is a positive and often humorous prevailing mood that makes the observer want to engage in something new and scrutinize his or her own patterns of perception and thought.

An exhibition catalogue is available by Revolver Books, ISBN 978-3-86588-387-2

Curators: Dorothee Bienert, Kati Kivinen, Enrico Lunghi

Supported by

Further institutions in the Ars Baltica partner countries

In cooperation with