2014 marks 10 years since 7 former Eastern Block countries: the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia, joined the EU.
“waiting list” presents the work of three young fine-art photographers from countries being considered as future EU members: Sophie Berdzenishvili from Georgia, Melih Dönmezer from Turkey and Denis Kravets from Ukraine.
The EU, whether it is considered a positive or negative concept, has created a context - not only for economic, but also, more importantly, cultural exchange. The addition of Central, Eastern European and Baltic countries to this Western group has created new possibilities for cultural and social exchange - and also new ideas of identity.
“waiting list” can ask the questions: Is there such a thing as a universal European identity? What issues are universal, and what national? How is personal identity linked to them?
Are the issues that artists address only personal, or universal, or both? Does an artist always position herself or himself against their cultural background? And do we expect them to?
The show aims to present the cultural contribution of people who stand behind the national labels.
It can also be seen simply as a set of images to consider only aesthetically.
"waiting list" is curated by Zosia Krasnowolska and will be presented as part of Made in Roath, an art festival running in Cardiff between the 15th and the 22nd of October 2014.
The Roath Park Pub, 170 City Road, CF24 3JE, 1-11pm.