END OF THE BORDER (of the
mind) by Stefano Cagol
Barents Art Triennale 2012/2014
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The Barents Art Triennale is
by Pikene på Broen.
Broen, established in 1996,
is a company of art curators and producers, based in Kirkenes,
north-eastern Norway, close to the borders of Russia and Finland. Their
main projects are an annual festival Barents Spektakel, Barents Art
Triennale, Transborder Cafes, BAR International artists-in-residency
program and other collaborative projects.
Pikene på Broen were
awarded Eckbos Legaters Culture Prize 2009.
The topic of
Barents Art Triennale
2012-2014 is public art in borderland.
på Broen has invited
STEFANO CAGOL to participate in the Barents Art Triennale 2013 with his
work “THE END OF THE BORDER (of the mind)” / LA FINE DEL CONFINE (della
mente), to be realized in March 2013.
is meant to be a
collaboration between the Barents Art Triennale/ Pikene på Broen
in Kirkenes, Dolomiti Contemporanee in Casso, IIC Italian Cultural
Institute in Oslo, and Kunsthall Oslo.
exploration of the
borders by light as a medium from south to north of Europe, from the
limit of Mediterranean culture to the limit of European culture, from
the Alps beyond the Arctic Circle, that is planned by Stefano as a
journey from the Dolomites, CASSO – OSLO – KIRKENES fits the concept of
the Triennale that is mobile and happening in several places within and
outside of the Barents Region.
Triennale will deal with
the issues of art in public spaces in the borderland(s), and besides
Cagol’s works will include two works: the sauna project No Man’s Land
by Sami Rintala in Kirkenes (to be completed in summer 2013) and an
installation by Lars Ramberg in Murmansk (to be completed in autumn
på Broen cooperated with
Stefano Cagol in 2010-2011, when he produced the project “Evoke/
provoke (borders)” that included video-installation and
flag-installation in the town spaces within the festival Barents
Spektakel 2011 in Kirkenes.”
Kuzovnikova, Artistic director
Dolomiti Contemporanee or DC is a
and experimental project, a pioneer in contemporary art in the Dolomite
region. In 2009 the Dolomites were added to the UNESCO World Heritage
List, increasing public visibility and international significance of
this site of “exceptional natural beauty”. The Dolomites are a resource
Contemporanee wants to be a
medium for reflection and cultural action in this territory. This
territory defies narration, description. It is a space for encounter. A
contemporanee is a platform
for a territorial project backed by a network of local business,
social, educational, artistic and cultural groups who appreciate the
international significance of this project. A network which is
committed to promoting and sustaining the culture and resources of the
local territory, whilst retaining open and direct external contact.
Dolomiti contemporanee is not an exhibition. It is a project which aims
at creating a network of cultural exchange.
The Italian Embassy in Norway and
the Italian Cultural Institute in Oslo are following the
develop of the
project since its begin. In fact the Italian Ambassador in Norway was
present – together with the Queen Sonja – at the opening of Stefano
Cagol’s participation at the Barents Spektakel in Kirkenes in 2011.
Stefano Cagol (*1969, Trento,
Trentino South Tyrol, Italy) is an Italy-based contemporary artist.
He studied at the Art Academy of Brera in
Milan, and at Ryerson University in Toronto. During his career, he
exhibited in New York, Toronto, London, Tokyo, Shanghai, New Delhi, and
Terna Prize 02 for
Contemporary Art, in 2012 he realized solo projects at Westergasfabriek
Cultuur park in Amsterdam, at Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in
Gdansk, at Museion in Bolzano and at ZKM in Karlsruhe.
He held a
solo show by San Gallo
Church at 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, a
Parallel Event to Manifesta 7, an Off Project at 4th Berlin Biennale,
and a solo Satellite Event at 1st Singapore Biennale.
He realized a
permanent public art
installation for a private collection in Via Ventura in Milan, a
permanent public art installation by the new educational complex in
Mezzolombardo, and a permanent public art installation of 16 tons of
steel for the new A22 gate in Trento; while his public art installation
‘Flu Power Flu’ had been on permanence on the façade of
Beursschouwburg Art Center in Brussels from 2007 to 2012.
Cagol’s artworks are in the
collections of ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Mart – Museum
of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Fondazione
Galleria Civica-Centro di Ricerca sulla Contemporaneità of
Trento, Nomas Foundation, UniCredit Group, Terna. Portraits about his
art research have been realized – among the other international art
magazines – on ‘Contemporary’, London; ‘Eine’, Vienna; ‘Flash Art’,
Milan; ‘Monopol’, Berlin. Editors such as Skira and Charta already
published Stefano Cagol’s monographs.
Cagol’s artistic research
faces the idea of border and its different manifestations: mental,
physical, cultural, political, communicative ones, or between
individual and collective. For doing this, he uses different media like
video, photography, sculpture, installation, action.
END OF THE BORDER (of the mind) . LA
FINE DEL CONFINE (della mente) March 5 - April 12, 2013. A project by Stefano Cagol, invited artist at the Barents Art Triennale, Kirkenes, Norway.
a powerful line of light brought symbolically along a trip/expedition of 10.000 Km from Dolomites to Arctic, over Polar Circle on the 70th parallel of latitude, until the extreme border of Europe with Russia
going until (and beyond) the limit of the border... physical and mental border...
scanning, tempting, crossing
giving the cue to a map / diary, video and photo artworks, a documentary film
Art Triennale: Kirkenes, Norvegia . Pikene på Broen: Kirkenes,
. Dolomiti Contemporanee: Casso, Italy . IIC Italian Cultural Institute