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Janeil
Engelstad

Projects & Exhibitions

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Embassy Protected © Martin Mistrik, 2007, decals of endangered Slovak animals installed on the windows of the embassy entrance. Taking cover inside the security booth, the animals receive the ultimate protection from possible extinction.

Embassy Protected © Martin Mistrik, 2007, decals of endangered Slovak animals installed on the windows of the embassy entrance. Taking cover inside the security booth, the animals receive the ultimate protection from possible extinction.

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.