THE END OF THE BORDER       (of the mind)       by Stefano Cagol

Barents Art Triennale 2012/2014

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The Barents Art Triennale is realized by Pikene på Broen.
Pikene pa 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.
In 2009 Pikene på Broen were awarded Eckbos Legaters Culture Prize 2009.
The topic of Barents Art Triennale 2012-2014 is public art in borderland.
“Pikene 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.
The project 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.
The artistic 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.
The Barents 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 2013).
Pikene 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.”
Luba Kuzovnikova, Artistic director

Dolomiti Contemporanee or DC is a new 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 for Humanity.
Dolomiti 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 trigger.
Dolomiti 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 in Europe.

Recipient of 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.
Stefano 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.
Stefano 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.

THE 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

INVOLVED INSTITUTIONS: Barents Art Triennale: Kirkenes, Norvegia . Pikene på Broen: Kirkenes, Norway . Dolomiti Contemporanee: Casso, Italy . IIC Italian Cultural Institute in Oslo   .