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United states of europe comes to cork

Thursday, 7th March, 2013 12:00am

A fascinating sounding exhibition comes to the Crawford Art Gallery this week offering new perspectives on citizenship, freedom of expression, democracy and identity. Entitled 'United States of Europe', it opens on Friday 8 March and runs until Saturday 30 March.

The EU has changed Europe and its citizens in multitudes of ways that could never have been expected. 'United States of Europe' looks at the question of identity, which has become particularly crucial due to globalization and intense migration processes that have changed the profile of most nations, including European ones.

Despite the European project, most European Union citizens, when identifying themselves often talk about nationality, gender, profession, religion, but not about being European.

'United States of Europe'  features video, installation and photographic works, and provides opportunities to encounter artworks from significant artists working in very different economies and locations. To coincide with the opening of  'United States of Europe',  a two-day symposium organised by the National Sculpture Factory will be held on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March at the Crawford Art Gallery.  The symposium entitled 'Dreams of Freedom?   Conversations on Aesthetics, Ethics & European Democracies'  will include artists from the exhibition, and key protagonists from Europe.

The exhibition is part of Culture Connects Programme of Ireland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The project was initiated by the Goethe Institut Paris and is presented in partnership with Cork Civic Trust and National Sculpture Factory. For more information see www.crawfordartgallery.ie.

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