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Janeil
Engelstad

Projects & Exhibitions

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Shooting Gallery © Alexandra Kalisova, 2007. Installation of paper mache roses like those used in carnival shooting galleries throughout Slovakia. Throughout the exhibition period roses hung in the windows of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, which faces the American embassy. Roses were also placed on a strip of lawn between the two buildings. In notices posted at the installation site, Kalisova asked people if they felt like they were walking through a shooting gallery because of the presence of armed, embassy guards patrolling the square.

Shooting Gallery © Alexandra Kalisova, 2007. Installation of paper mache roses like those used in carnival shooting galleries throughout Slovakia. Throughout the exhibition period roses hung in the windows of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, which faces the American embassy. Roses were also placed on a strip of lawn between the two buildings. In notices posted at the installation site, Kalisova asked people if they felt like they were walking through a shooting gallery because of the presence of armed, embassy guards patrolling the square.

Site-specific exhibition Embassy of the U.S.A. Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Produced with students from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design

Funding provided in part by the Embassy of the U.S.A.

During the 2006 academic year, as a Fulbright Scholar at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovak Republic I taught arts administration to graduate and undergraduate students from 17 countries around the world. The course work included museum and gallery studies, public relations, development, all aspects of project production and the use of art for positive social change.

In response to an invitation from the American Embassy I worked with one of my classes to create a site-specific exhibition inside the public rooms of the embassy. The work produced examined real and imagined borders, democracy, war and peace. 

The title of the exhibition, I Have a Dream . . . za plotom honored the famous Martin Luther King speech and the student’s ideal vision of America. Za plotom, which means “beyond the fence” in Slovak, referenced the dreams that Slovaks have of transcending the literal and figurative post 9-11 security fence that separates the embassy from the main square and people of Bratislava.