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watanabe shinya on Thu, 11 Aug 2005 21:31:22 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> [ann] Another Expo - Beyond the Nation-State

Hi, nettimers,

I am making an art exhibition which aims to go beyond the nation state, 
with the artists from former Yugoslavia, Okinawa, Portugal and so on. The

show will open on August 15th, the day to commemorete the World War II,
New York City. If you are in New York, please stop by. Thanks.

Another Expo: Beyond the Nation-State
Curated by Shinya Watanabe

Artists included are: Marina Abramovic (Belgrade) / Genpei Akasegawa 
(Tokyo) / Sejla Kameric (Sarajevo) / Ryoga Katsuma (Kochi) / Ines Pais 
(Lisbon) / Jun Shibata (Kamakura) / Nebojsa Seric-Shoba (Sarajevo) /
Teruya (Okinawa)

Opening Reception: August 15th 6-8pm (Memorial Day of the End of World

Exhibition: August 15th &#8211; September 10th
Hours: Tuesday &#8211; Saturday, 11am &#8211; 6pm

White Box is pleased to present Another Expo: Beyond the Nation-State, 
curated by Shinya Watanabe. The exhibition focuses on the concept of
s Fairs (Expo) and underscores the World’s Fairs’
relationship to the 
idea of Nation-State.

Another Expo is both a political and cultural project. Instituted in 
19th-century Europe, ‘Expo’ resulted from the shift of
city-states to 
Nation-States and from feudal economies to market economies. With the 
formation of Nation-States, the ‘Expo’ effectively shaped a
national culture. ‘Expo’ became a powerful tool for
promoting versions of 
citizenship, social membership, and cultural inclusion, as well as what
be characterized as tourist consumerism and urban cosmopolitanism. 
Eventually however, European modernism and the Nation-State structure led

to colonialism and World War. Furthermore, given the current
climate the basis of the ‘Expo’ representing
internationalism is outdated 
and corrupted. Aichi “Love Earth” Expo 2005, currently on
exhibit in 
Japan, has clearly given rise to U.S. Unilateralism, thereby raising
regarding the meaning of an Expo and a Nation-State in the 21st

Another Expo strives to transcend the idea of the established
‘Expo’ by 
rejecting violence and favoring co-existence. There is no
“outside” and 
“inside” and no “foreign country.” There is
no distinction between 
enemy and ally. Instead, Another Expo aspires for an open system. In this

exhibition, curator Shinya Watanabe goes back to the purist idea of an 
‘Expo’, one that can explore art related contexts and is
free from 
promoting the Nation-State institution. 

The eight artists chosen for the exhibition are an embodiment of these 
ideals. They seek to define a new Expo by representing the 21st-century
a time of coexistence, not war. The exhibition opens to the public on 
Monday, August 15, the day Japan unconditionally surrendered to World War

II Allied forces. This year marks the 60th anniversary of Japan's defeat

(as well as Hiroshima, August 6, and Nagasaki, August 9, which led to the

end of WWII.) Every year, the Japanese people observe August 15 by 
remembering their war dead and renewing their vow for peace.

A Closing Reception will be held on Thursday, September 8, 6 &#8211; 8

White Box’s annual exhibition program is supported, in part, by
funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Lower 
Manhattan Cultural Council, and the New York State Council for the Arts.

White Box is a 501[c](3) non-profit organization and all donations are 
tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. For more information about

the exhibition, please contact Yasha Wallin at 212-714-2347 or 
yasha {AT} whiteboxny.org.

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