Choose an area:

Center and Periphery: Cultural Deserts in Eastern Europe

Department 58 – International Relations
Department 58 – International Relations


Updated 14-6-2022
  • Information update

Region Prague
Title of the ProgrammeCulture
Title of the ProjectCenter and Periphery: Cultural Deserts in Eastern Europe
Number of the ProjectKU-CA1-007
Project Promoter

Project Partner from Donor State



Estimated project duration: 04/2021-04/2023

More Information

Target group: Universities/Research institutions, Museums (and other visual arts institutions), Media

Web pages:

Total Eligible Costs

221 533 EUR


198 443 EUR (90%)

Project description:

Center and Periphery: Cultural Deserts in Eastern Europe names a new platform co-organized by and OsloBiennalen. We will invite eight artists primarily from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, but also other countries from around the world in order to research and create new works which through the concept of ‘cultural desert’ examine the relationship between centers and peripheries.

Cultural desert is usually defined as any place that is characterized by having a distinct lack of complexity, vibrancy, vitality, or interest in intellectual and artistic activity. However, we understand the phrase as a tool that allows one to analyze what different groups of people of different genders, classes and races understand under the term culture. It is less a designation of a particular location and more a perspective of a particular community over whether or not it has access to contemporary culture. Thus, it is a tool for how to examine various socio-economic processes such as gentrification, revitalisation, or strategies of state art funding as well as the ways in which cultural deserts appear and disappear.

During the duration of the project we will organize residencies for the invited artists and the project will culminate in an exhibition at the City Gallery Prague. Also, a series of podcasts as well as workshops involving social scientists, urbanists, architects, artists, activists, community organisers, and other experts interested in the topic will be organized. The project will culminate with an exhibition during the summer of 2022. This collaborative project will involve, City Gallery Prague and OsloBiennalen.