NORDWIND is one of the largest festivals for the arts from the European north. NORDWIND presents the work of contemporary artists from the Nordic and Baltic countries in four European cities every two years. The aim is to promote new artistic impulses and to transmit them all over Europe. According to this mission the program is just as diverse in terms of represented aesthetics, content and artistic disciplines.
The thematic focus of the sixth festival edition in 2015 is the relationship between Europe and Russia. Titled “BALAGAN!!! – Zones of Resistance” the festival this year focuses on the eastern neighbors, on Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union.
Artists presented are for instance Dmitry Krymov, Michael Patlasov, Olga Jitlina and Petr Pavlensky whose latest work can be seen for the first time outside of Russia. In cooperation with the international platform for time-based media art MOMENTUM the large exhibition project “BALAGAN !!! - Contemporary Art from the Former Soviet Union and Other Mythical Places” curated by David Elliott will be presented. At three venues in Berlin artistic works will be shown from more than 50 artists from Russia and the former Eastern bloc, including the first retrospective outside Russia with paintings, films, photographs and performances by Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe (1969-2013).
Founded in 2006 in Berlin, NORDWIND has now grown into a sustainable operating platform. NORDWIND is co-producer, initiator and promoter. The platform consolidates a network of institutions, artists and sponsors and promotes a continuous international exchange. The results of this work are presented every two years in the NORDWIND festival and, since 2014, supplemented by smaller topics in the festival free years.