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Janeil
Engelstad

Projects & Exhibitions

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www.voicesfromthecenter.net, visit web site to see entire project

www.voicesfromthecenter.net, visit web site to see entire project

Project title Voices From the Center: Central Europeans Reflect on Life Before and After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Web Based Project that includes exhibitions, lectures and panel discussions throughout Central Europe and the US. www.voicesfromthecenter.net

Project partners The New York Public Library for The Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, The American Embassy, Bratislava, Central European Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Stanica, Big Media, and Artreach.

Through Voices From the Center, people’s reflections about life during and after communism were documented in a web-based project that also included lectures and exhibitions throughout Central Europe and the United States.

The project includes conversations with prominent writers, artists, former dissadents, politicians and well as with villagers in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary.

Interviews with artists and other creative people include conversations where they reflected about how and if their creative process has changed and how their work has been influenced by the different systems. Many artists contributed work to the project.

Concurrent with these interviews were conversations with young adults, who had been children when the wall came down, about their views of life in the post-communist era. While some young people relegated communism to the history books, others saw parallels between their own lives and the older generations.

People from both groups talked about what freedom meant to them and had the opportunity to express their dreams, fears and hopes for themselves, their country and the world. Together these conversations begin to create a portrait of a people emerging from one political and cultural era into another.