The OSTRALE Biennale 2019, supported by the Stiftung Kunst & Musik für Dresden, is currently exhibiting works by the Iranian artists' group Borjass from the northern Iranian city of Amol. The works of art can be shown here - also with the help of the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen - for the first time ever outside Iran.

On 10 August (Saturday) at 15 o'clock a special guided tour through the main exhibition of the OSTRALE Biennale O19 will take place at the Historische Tabakfabrik f6 in Striesen-Dresden, focusing on the presented Iranian artists and also on other exhibited works, which connect with the theme of how art crosses borders and builds bridges between cultures and political differences.

The artists Hamid Asadzadeh, Zeinab Fatemi, Ali Fazeli, Hamed Ghasemi, Banafsheh Motevalli, Akbar Nematirad, Foroozan Soleymani, accompanied by director Andrea Hilger and the curator of the group exhibition, Bettina Renner, present their works themselves.


The guided tour is free of charge, only a normal exhibition ticket is required.
No previous registration necessary. Meeting point in the garden of the Historische Tabakfabrik f6 (Schandauer Str. 68.) at 15 o'clock.

Please remember to buy your exhibition ticket and deposit your backpacks at the cash desk before the meeting.

You can see press photos of the exhibition here.

After the special tour, at 17 o'clock, a dance performance will take place in the exhibition space on the second floor of the Biennale. The artistic intervention of the South Korean group Cie Yu Dans, supplemented by Dresden dancers under the direction of choreographer YeonA Yu, will enter into dialogue with the works shown in the art space and their background, such as the opposition between North and South Korea, capitalism and socialism etc.

About the performance:


The past, present and future potential of the division of Korea, seen from today's perspective, combines the absolute pain and the pain of separation that borders cause. Among other things, the theme "ismus" of the OSTRALE Biennale O19 also deals with borders, not only the borders of isms, but most importantly, especially in this day and age, also global and social borders. We follow the energy of circulation and the future-oriented meaning of the past, which is still divided today. The desire for freedom breaks through many hidden boundaries and requires a discourse that is still relevant now as well.

About the artist group Borjass

In 2010, a group of artists settled in Amol, an Iranian city, with the same way of thinking and independently of each other, with the same goal of developing the language of critique. They founded the Isoo Gallery in 2015 and in recent years have shared their ideas and visions with Iranian and international artists and created contemporary art projects such as paintings, video art, performances, spoken word and assemblages to reflect their ideas.

Exhibiting artists: Hamid Asadzadeh, Zeinab Fatemi, Ali Fazeli, Hamed Ghasemi, Farzaneh Gholizadeh, Zeinab Hoseinzadeh, Mostafa Masoumi, Banafshe Motevalli, Akbar Nematirad, Shaghayegh Shabani Omran, Foroozan Soleymani, Documentation: Bettina Renner

About the dance group Cie Yu Dans

"Walking barefoot on rice, you can follow the historical traces of Korea. Rice, which affects all the senses, is the desire of our people. It stands for life, but also for a historical era and an ethnicity. It is like a little house in the stars, a nation rooted in the ground, which in daily reality is also divided by schisms and borders into disintegration and symbiosis. But life, always in the circulation of constant transformation, is renewed through thousands of virtues. Dance goes beyond the structural form, constantly alive, nervous, breathing in history. The continuity of life has an infinite potential for good; it is accepting and flexible. The symbolic concept of countering boundaries with existential values is combined with movement to bring peace across Korean borders." (YeonA Yu)

The Choreographer YeonA Yu explores the invisible and the transparent below the surface. Using the example of the border between North and South Korea, the common human origin of both countries, their social similarities and differences, yearnings and connections, and the possibilities of crossing borders, their common historical origins and cultural landscape, as we step on the rice and through the barbed wire, our awareness is raised and a mental horizon of possible actions is opened.

Paintings on the photo above © Mostafa Masoumi „Preachers"
Photography above © Peter Fischer

Photography below: Cie Yu Dans with choreographer YeonA Yu