Art exhibitions examine ethnicity issue

NEW YORK -- Rotterdam's off-the-beaten-path events for its 2001 Cultural Capital celebration will invite visitors to ponder ethnic stereotypes and human rights issues.

"Unpacking Europe," for instance, is an international exhibition that asks non-European visual artists to reveal their impressions of European culture.

The artists will address the question: How European is Europe? and will be asked to view Europeans as "outsiders," a label often forced upon Europe's minority groups.

The show runs from September through December at Las Palmas, in Rotterdam's trendy Kop Van Zuid district.

Another exhibit, "Flight," at the Gemnente Arhief Rotterdam from May 2 to July 6, will use photography to document the plight of asylum seekers and refugees.

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