6 Digital prints, 110x65cm each
Exhibited: Global Fusion 2002, Palace Porcia, Vienna, Austria
Art House Lucas, Ahrenshoop, Germany
In the former Soviet Union countries, Eurowindows is the name used for the double glazed windows common in the West.
When the design of the Euro Banknotes was introduced in 2001, it was stated that on one of the sides of each banknote there would be images of open windows and doors, celebrating the openness within the European community. Jürgenson replaced the original images on the banknotes with photographs taken in her home town in Estonia, where the new Eurowindows co-exist with windows and doors which are bricked up or boarded over, as well as new iron doors, which now fortify many of the homes there.
Global Fusion 2002 was an exhibition and a conference, which brought together 44 artists from Europe, Australia and Asia. A catalogue was produced to coincide with the exhibition.
To accompany the images of EUROwindows in the catalogue, the artist produced a series of fictitious quotes from the equally fictitious monthly Estonian publication:
“…Estonia was the first Soviet Republic to promote the disintegration of the Soviet Union and was the first of the former Soviet republics to petition the European Commission for membership in the EU…(“The Facts of our History”, November 1995)
“… The European Union is currently engaged in it’s
most ambitious enlargement ever... ”
(“The Facts of our History”, August 2000)
“…The Head of a delegation to the European Commission in Tallinn has expressed concern over the lack of support for expansion of the EU not just from member nations, but also from those applying for membership...”
(“The Facts of our History”, December 2001)
“…2002 started off with a significant event in Europe: the introduction of the Euro. The new banknotes show images of windows and doors symbolizing an openness of Europe…”
(“The Facts of our History”, January 2002)
“…In Estonia and other former Soviet republics there are new signs of the post-Soviet times. Eurowindows – which is the term used to refer to double-glazed windows made in the West European style – are used to replace old frames. There are other signs too: windows which are bricked up, boarded up, different kind of bars and doors with lots of locks…”
(“The Facts of our History”, February, 2002)
© Olga Jürgenson