Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam NL
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Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam NL  (ENG)
Weblaunch and Exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut
2022, Rural School of Economics - Russia and Belarus

For the exhibition we collaborated with the inhabitants of three villages: Zvizzchi and Pushkino in Russia and Zburazh in Belarus, and with artists and cultural managers. By filming, photographing and drawing together, participants learn to see their environment anew and discover how knowledge is exchanged through intergenerational and trans-local encounters. The aim was to investigate the nature of rural cultural production and how this is visible in the everyday life of a village. The photos, drawings and objects show how the villagers, young and old, see and shape their own environment; but can those images be read with our Western European-conditioned eyes? On this point, Myvillages sets the stage for public debate.

The exhibition marks the launch of the Rural School of Economics website, a new trans-local and collaborative infrastructure for learning, for those who create and use rural economies. The launch of this website will be celebrated with a special online event on 3 February 2022.

During the exhibition -
2 March 14:00 - 14:30
Zburazh Textile Instagram Live Tour, with guest Adelheid Smit, curator Textiel Museum, Tilburg, the Netherlands
Textiles from Zburazh, Belarus, are on the table. You are welcome to join and touch the work that you can see in the videos as well.

16 March 16:00 - 16:45
Rural Imagination Instagram Live Tour.
Guests are Rural Imaginations Researchers of the University of Amsterdam (Esther Peeren, Anke Bosma and Tjalling Valdés Olmos) and Clemens Driessen (Cultural Geography of the Wageningen University)

26 March 15,00 -15.30
Zburazh Textile Instagram Live Tour, with Sveta Husakova and Alina Dzeravianka from Belarus, Brest Area talking about their work in the village and how you can recognise the Belarusian and Ukrainian textile patterns and colors in what we have in the films and in textiles from Zburazh, Belarus, on our table.