Private Nationalism Project / PNP / D Dresden




The project “Private Nationalism” sees itself as a cooperation between Central and Eastern European perspectives. The aim of this exhibition within the OSTRALE is to trigger an artistic discourse about nationalist prejudices, as well as the formation of a long-term collaboration between curators and institutions, which includes seven international exhibitions. The project was designed by a team of twelve curators from twelve countries in cooperation with around 50 artists. The exhibitions are taking place in eight institutions in five countries: the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Turkey and Poland.

In contrast to a singular Western European perspective, “Private Nationalism” shows differentiated critical points of view of artists from all participating countries. At the same time, a transnational historical tradition is pointed out; it crosses the limits and refers to beneficial mutual influences of neighboring areas. So, the collaboration of artists with different nationalities creates arguments and visions to promote a peaceful coexistence.

Dresden fronts the project’s subject in a particular way. On 13th and 14th February 1945, the city was targeted by Allied bomb attacks. The subject of the “senseless” destruction of an “innocent” cultural city close to the end of the war was immediately exploited for propaganda purposes. This myth, founded by Goebbels, proved to be an excellent instrument to mobilize against the West even in times of the East-West conflict.

While in the 1980s the peace movement took advantage of 13th February to protest against war and armament, since the German reunification the date became interesting for completely different groups:

Even today, 25 years later, one of the largest neo-Nazi marches in Europe takes place in Dresden on every 13th February. The clashes between right-wing extremists, police and counter-demonstrators set the tone of the day. The traditional commemoration has become a dispute on the streets, to a collision of many differing opinions that affects the entire city. Therefore, in Dresden the subject of “private nationalism” is still relevant, as it leads to the questions: How relevant is a nationalist way of thinking for the present and future development? Are there opposing trends? What can be done against extreme nationalism and militarism? Nationalism is a product of political will; the concepts of the nation as well as nationalist ideas are phenomena of modern times. The alleged differences between the various concepts of nation and nationalism are often minimal or even wishful thinking or ignorance: Nation-state versus cultural nation—patriotism versus integral nationalism—national pride versus excessive nationalism—imperialist nationalism versus revolutionary, progressive nationalism—the different nationalist tendencies are of secondary importance from a libertarian point of view, because after all they are characterized by a justification of the nationalistic control and secondly by suppressing the individual by the forced allocation of a collective.

In view of European integration, the question arises whether German nationalism is an anachronism. Globalization as a phase of geopolitical transformation of the world has also set in motion a transformation of art, as a result of which questions, topics and paradigms of our time can not only be seen one-sided. Private Nationalism in the context of “Around You” means to turn our attention outward, not only in the Eastern direction, but also around Europe and towards the world to open up the possibility to challenge socio-political phenomena and contribute own views.

The discourse through art and our international participation raises critical and important questions. Especially by their topicality and in comparison they scare as well as they reassure; they open our eyes and keep them open—right now, 25 years after the peaceful revolution.


Andrea Hilger, curator of PNP Dresden

OSTRALE, Dresden, Germany


PNP / Dresden Accompanying Programs




  1. August, 20 Uhr / 2nd of August, 20.00


Participants: Artists of the Private Nationalism Project (Sandra Collee)

A talk with artists of the OSTRALE’014 about their work, artistic development and their future plans; their opinion on the current spirit of the times as well as on the current state of Contemporary Art and the people who create it.


Performance und offene Runde / Performances and public meeting


  1. July, 19.30 Uhr / 18thof July, 19:30

Inter-national tug of war

Performance by: Juhász R. József

Participatory performance on public place


  1. July, 21.00-22.00 Uhr / 18thof July, 21.00 22.00

Citizen Cosmos Om Competition

Performance by: Şafak Çatalbaş

This game is an attempt to be a part of the universe but only within its limitations.

List of exhibited artists


Basel Abbas und / and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (CY/PS)

Nicosia, Cyprus, Boston

The Zone, 2011

2-Kanal-Video / 2 channel video, 40’


Borsos Lőrinc (H)

Budapest, Székesfehérvár

Immovable Land, 2010

Installation / installation, 50 × 100 × 130 cm


Daya Cahen (NL)


Birth of a nation, 2010

Video / video, 12’


Şafak Çatalbaş (TR)


L’espace, 2013

Zwei Videos, Screen, Beamer, Film-Stills, Text an der Wand / Two videos, screen, beamer, still images, text on the wall

  1. En l’espace d’une minute, Video/ video, 39”
  2. L’espace, Video/ video, 12′ 24”


Sandra Collee (NL)


Melting pot, 2014

Installation / installation, 450 × 450 cm


Cséfalvay András (SK)


A Dinosaurs View on the Nation State, 2013

Video / video, 11’ 23”


Özgür Demirci (TR)


Place that I wait, 2013

Video / video 60’


Ember Sári, Fátyol Viola (H)

Budapest, São Paulo

Fieldwork, 2014

Installation / installation


Esterházy Marcell (H)

Budapest, Paris

On the Same Day, 2013

Video / video, 2’ 13”


Maja Gratzfeld (D)


Empty table / 5 palms

Their absence fills the world, 2013—2014

Fotografien / photographs 110 × 80 cm

Video / video, 6


Gruppó Tökmag (H)


Panorama Organic, 2012

Installation / installation


Horváth Tibor (H)


Donation for the Benefit of Democracy, 2010

Objekt / object, 70 × 65 cm


Juhász R. József (SK)


Inter-national tug of war, 2014

Performance / performance


Nikita Kadan (UA)


Lviv 9. 5. 2011 From the Figures on white series, 2011

Zeichnungen / drawings, 297 × 420 mm


Kassaboys (SK)


Kunstuniformen, 2011

Installation, Objekte, Digital-prints / installation, objects, digital prints


Kerezsi Nemere (H)


Omagiu, 2007

Video / video, 2’ 19”

Objekt / object, 77 × 111 × 179 cm


KissPál Szabolcs (H)


Amorous Geography, 2012

Video / video, 12’


KissPál Szabolcs (H)


Hope, 2014

Klanginstallation / sound installation


Barbara Lubich (NL)


Come Together, 2012

Dokumentarfilm / documentary video, 94’


Olivia Mortier (BE)

Le Tiroir, 2010

Skulptur / sculpture


Alban Muja (KOS)


My name their city, 2013

Fotografien / photographs, 80 × 60 cm


Ciprian Muresan, (RO)

Cluj Napoca

Romanian Blood, 2005

Zeichnungen / drawings, 41 × 52 cm


Nemes Csaba (H)

Budapest, Pécs

Stand here!, 2010

Figurentheater, Video / puppet animation, 5’


Németh Ilona (SK)

Dunajská Streda

Middle of Europe, 2006

Grafik / graphic


Hannah Nitsch (D)


Grace 1–6, 2011

Tusche auf Papier / ink on paper, 30 × 21 cm


Hannah Nitsch (D)


trying to be ½, 2013

Malerei / painting, 220 × 170 cm


Kristina Norman (EST)


Monolith, 2007

Video / video, 15’


Oláh Mara (H)


Gypsyland, 2011

Malerei / painting, 67 × 49 cm


Oláh Mara (H)


Worrying about bread, 2013

Malerei / painting, 32 × 42 cm


Dan Perjovschi (RO)


Removing Romania, 1993 — 2003/ 2006

Wandinstallation mit Video und Brief / wall installation with video and letter

Gregor Podnar Gallery, Berlin


Martin Piaček (SK)

Rajka, Bratislava

Fathers of the Nation, 2006

Digital-prints / digital prints, 299 × 138 cm


Martin Piaček (SK)

Rajka, Bratislava

Open cycle

The Biggest Embarrassments of Slovak History, since 2007

Skulpturen / sculpture


  1. 26th of October1921, Demolition of the monument of Maria Theresa in Bratislava


  1. 13th of March 1939, the first meeting of Jozef Tiso and Adolf Hitler


  1. 26th of April 1996, Explosion of the car of Róbert Remiáš in Bratislava


  1. 2nd of August 1945, Czechoslovak president Edvard Beneš signing the 33rd Decree


  1. 25th of September 1968, Report of the Presidency of Central Bureau of the Czechoslovak Communist Party presented by its First Secretary Gustáv Husák


  1. 24th of April 1990, Archbishop Ján Sokol accompanies Pope John Paul II. during his first visit to Slovakia, Vajnory


  1. 6th of June 2010, unveiling ceremony of the statue of Svätopluk at the castle of Bratislava 


  1. Shortly after 19th of July 1914, S.H. Vajansky spitting in front of Marka Pietrová int he printing house of Martin


Karol Radziszewski (PL)


Study for a Wounded Insurgent, 2010

6 Digitalprints und Zeichnung / digital prints 6 pieces and a drawing, 32,5 × 22,7 cm

Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Krakow


Tomáš Rafa (SK)


New Nationalism in the heart of Europe time laps project, 2009—2014

The Wall of Sport

Video / video, 35’


Tomáš Rafa (SK)


New Nationalism in the heart of Europe time laps project, 2009—2014

Anti-Roma Protest

Video / video, 30’


Jonathan Ravasz (SK)

Dunajská Streda

Visualization of the Demand for Right-Wing Extremism

Index (DEREX), 2013

Objekt / object, 100 × 120 × 60 cm


Martina Slováková (SK)


Slovak National Remix, 2011

Klanginstallation / sound installation


Société Réaliste (H / FR)

Budapest, Paris

Culture States, 2008 — 2013

C-Prints / C prints, 120 × 200 cm


Gökce Suvari (TR)


Highest Battleground, 2013 — 2014

Installation, Zeichnungen / installation, drawings, 90 × 150

Objekt / object, 31 × 22 cm


Mark Ther (CZ)

Munich, Prague, Braunau

Pflaumen, 2011

Video / video, 15’ 31”


Lucia Tkáčová, und / and Anetta Mona Chisa (SK)

Berlin, Prague

Try again. Fail again. Fail better, 2011

Video/ video, 7’ 57”

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Künstler und der Christine König Galerie, Wien / Courtesy of the artists and Cristine Koenig Gallery, Vienna


Milica Tomić (SRB)

Novi Sad

XY ungelost—Reconstruction of the Crime, 1996 — 1997

2-Kanal-Videoinstallation / 2 channel video installation, 90’


Jaroslav Varga (SK)

Bratislava, Prague

Cultural heritage is not the same thing as national identity, 2010 — 2014

Öffentliches Kunstwerk, Größe variable / public art realization, dimension variable



Co-Kuratoren PNP Dresden / Co-Curators of PNP Dresden

Nadine Bors, Andrea Hilger


Mitarbeiter PNP Dresden / Co-workers of PNP Dresden

Svenja Macht


The project has been funded with support from the European Commission, Visegrad Fund and Stiftung Kunst und Musik für Dresden.