Art Crossing Borders e.V.

On art over­com­ing out­er and inner bor­ders and the chances of a new appre­ci­a­tion in times of upheaval

Julian Friedrich | Feb­ru­ary 2022 

Dear vis­i­tor,

thank you for your inter­est in Art Cross­ing Bor­ders e.V.!

Art Cross­ing Bor­ders e.V. is a reg­is­tered non-prof­it asso­ci­a­tion and acts entire­ly with­out any prof­it motive of its own. It was found­ed to pro­mote and con­nect out­stand­ing artists to cre­ate a strong com­mu­ni­ty of arts prac­ti­tion­ers and their sup­port­ers who find first-hand solu­tions to the chal­lenges fac­ing young tal­ent today.

The aim of the asso­ci­a­tion is to devote its ener­gy to find­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of artists and to ori­ent all support 

struc­tures towards pro­vid­ing them with unbu­reau­crat­ic and con­crete sup­port where they real­ly need it. We want to believe in them as indi­vid­u­als; trust them and help them real­ize unusu­al, new con­cepts and suc­ceed with it in an era of dig­i­tal­ized soci­ety and glob­al competition.

Togeth­er with them, the asso­ci­a­tion works on new lab­o­ra­to­ries, exploita­tion sys­tems and excit­ing for­mats that have the poten­tial to radi­ate back into the art world to inspire and move oth­ers as a result. Inter­na­tion­al encoun­ters, mutu­al inspi­ra­tion and joint dis­cus­sion about the future of art are impor­tant to me personal.

A new gen­er­a­tion of artists should be able to assume their role in soci­ety with self-con­fi­dence and pro­tec­tion, and to devel­op their full poten­tial with new­ly acquired skills. Because we need their ideas, visions and alter­na­tive per­spec­tives today more than ever!

I would like to win you for these goals and invite you to accom­pa­ny me and this com­mu­ni­ty on this excit­ing path! Let’s Cross this Borders!

First focus: Ukraine.


Test stone of Euro­pean East-West pol­i­tics; coun­try of a young, cre­ative gen­er­a­tion that needs our support

#ukraine #pol­i­tics #war

When I found myself in Ukraine at the begin­ning of 2015, I felt a deep con­nec­tion with the coun­try, the cul­ture and the peo­ple in a very short time. Since then, I have been there over 50 times, trav­eled to all the cities and had many con­ver­sa­tions. Until 2020 when the pan­dem­ic forced me to main­tain con­tacts out of the home office.

It will not sur­prise you, dear vis­i­tor, how much it hurts me to see this great coun­try and its peo­ple as a pawn in world politics.

These great peo­ple, who fought hard in even two bloody rev­o­lu­tions for their rights, which we take so much for grant­ed. Ukraini­ans feel very close to Europe and espe­cial­ly to Ger­many. Peo­ple have to and have had to endure a lot, and per­haps it is pre­cise­ly these hard­ships and dif­fi­cul­ties that give rise to per­son­al­i­ties that pos­sess a deep, cre­ative pow­er and an unwa­ver­ing enthu­si­asm that nev­er ceas­es to fas­ci­nate me.

I would like to enable artists from Ger­many to have this fruit­ful, mutu­al exchange with Ukraini­ans too. Come to Kiev! I invite you to talk to the peo­ple and wit­ness for yourself.


Note (03/27/2022): This text was writ­ten before the ter­ri­ble war.

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