NEW FENCES

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‘ A commemorative event for the occasion of anniversary of November ’89, in Old Market, Bratislava.

In the present situation of Europe, some memories overlap with the reality. New fences in creation on southern borders of Europe are in contrast with tearing down the fences which once built the Iron Curtain. Many in our society stand in front of dilemma – is it a symbol of freedom for which we jingled the keys for – the freedom to guard the fences from our side of the border against the stream of refugees, or to help those, which exhausted and without a shelter do stand on the other side of the fence?’

Today and tomorrow in Bratislava

High voltage in fences on the Czechoslovak border was kept secret

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former Czechoslovak minister for Internal Affairs, Lubomir Strougal

High voltage in the fence on the borders during Communism might be classified in Czech Republic as crime against humanity. Slovak side says it was a part of the legislative of those times.

https://dennikn.sk/63912/cesi-mozno-obvinia-strougala-sme-mrtvym-na-hraniciach-odkazali-ze-nemali-utekat/

(article in Slovak)

Grenzfälle Kittsee

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An exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Iron Curtain, examining the development of Kittsee and ‘the greater space of Bratislava’ in 1948 – 1989. The exhibition presents mainly political and historical events connected with the given time through panels with photographs and objects. Examples of daily life in Austria or former Czechoslovakia are also present on this exhibition.

For the upcoming art project, SK/AT, the exhibition provides material and information to challenge what we know about ‘the other’ side, what might the possible stereotypes and blind spots and how might be these connected to the way we learned history.

Curator: Mag. phil. Benedikt Wallner

open June 14th – October 17th 2014
weekends (Sat, Sun) 10 – 18
or open for groups with guided tours (requires pre-registration)

Short description (in German): http://www.actioner.de/veranstaltungen-archiv/814599/ausstellung-grenzfalle-als-vor-kittsee-der-vorhang-fiel
Short press release (Slovak): http://www.seredonline.sk/clanky/-grenzfalle-ked-pred-kittsee-spadla-opona-/

press photograph to the event Bild (v.l.): Nach der Ausstellungseröffnung im Schloss Kittsee: Vzbgm. Franz Buchta, Klubobmann Rudolf Strommer, Bgm.in Dr. Gabriele Nabinger, Marillenkönigin Sandra Wuketits, LH Hans Niessl, GR Maria Bezenek-Salvamoser, GV Karin Darnai. Bildquelle: Bgld. Landesmedienservice

photographer: Miroslav Kosirer