Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, together with Berlin’s Center for Independent Social Research (CISR) e.V. and D’EST (France), are launching a series of public discussions dedicated to ethnocultural diversity in the urban space and cultural institutions.
As the increasing migration flows raise complex social, ethical, legal, and economic issues, boundaries within society arise or strengthen: they define the distance between different communities that become excluded from the general agenda.
The attitude to migration processes varies from country to country, depending on a number of factors, including historical and political ones. For instance, ultra-right and populist positions are strengthening in European countries, traditionally perceived as a stronghold of democracy, effective integration, and inclusion.
On the other hand, more and more cultural and social initiatives aimed at creating conditions helping ethnocultural diversity become visible and significant emerge today. These include museum, theatrical, human rights, and educational projects.
Bridging the Distance provides experts from Russia, Germany, and France with a platform for discussing the experience of conceiving and implementing such cultural projects and urban initiatives.
Participants will share the results of their work and plans for the future. Designed for a wide audience, the cycle will be useful for specialists representing cultural and educational institutions interested in the issues of identity and ethnocultural diversity.