The Journey to the East is an exhibition that takes its visitors on a trip to the post communist countries in Eastern Europe. 40 artists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine have been invited, along with artists from Poland.
The exhibition at the Arsenal Gallery in Bialystok in Poland is part of a series of cultural events accompanying the Polish Presidency of the European Union (EU) Council. The curator of the exhibition, Monika Szewczyk, acknowledged the political aspect of the project by inviting artists from the so called Eastern Partnership program, an institutionalized forum initiated by the European Union for discussing partnership agreements with the EU’s eastern neighbors. In this video by Ania Ejsmont Monika Szewczyk talks about the concept of the exhibition and presents the works of some of the invited artists.
We can also find ambiguous and ironic comments of this concept. Yaroslava-Maria Khomenko creates Embrace (2011), clothes for two or three people, while Anatoly Belov presents a series of sketches of his Facebook friends, revealing the superficial character of such relationships in My Friend, (2011). This project of love remains the project of the future.