BAR International

Hosted by Pikene på Broen, the BAR International artist-in-residency program is open to artists of all genres along with musicians, architects, researchers and curators who are interested in exploring the Barents borderland in transition – an area which is a gateway to Russia, a crossroad for political decisions in the Arctic and a laboratory for creative solutions to economic, cultural and social challenges in the border region.

The program facilitates artistic research of the region and is aimed at new art-production and creating new stories about the High North.  Through the residency, artists gain insights into and work with the issues that are locally rooted but at the same time have global relevance.

BAR International is mobile and residencies may take place in different towns and locations within the Barents Region depending on a project needs.

Residencies may be individual or workshop-based, aimed at collaborative multidisciplinary productions that may eventually be shown at the Barents Spektakel festival or other events arranged by Pikene på Broen.

Pikene på Broen, a company of art curators and producers Kirkenes, aims at creating meeting places and build bridges across geographical borders and across art genres. They call their projects “Border-Crossing Exercises” and invite artists, musicians, architects, researchers, politicians and the wider public to join these exercises.

BAR International was started in 2008 and is part of the High North AiR network.  The program is supported by BarentsKult, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finnmark, Troms and Nordland counties and the Sør-Varanger municipality.

  • Belgian photographer and video artist Alexis Destoop returned to the north to continue his research.  For this trip, Alexis focused on looking deeper into the borderlands and the complex story of the borders between Russia, Norway and Finland. During his two-week journey, Alexis travelled between Nikel, Zapolyarny and Murmansk in Russia before visiting snow-covered Grense Jakobselv, Bygøynes on the Varanger fjord coast, mining operations at Sydvaranger Gruve and the border market town of Näätamö in Finland.  Alexis also witnessed and recorded the relaunching of a Russian trawler from the Kimek heavy repair hanger in Kirkenes. Alexis will return to Kirkenes in three...
    November 30, 2016
    Alexis Destoop Continues his Long-term Research into the North
    BAR International
  • EEEFFF’s artistic practice exists in a world where technology, data privacy and concepts of real and ephemeral communities come together. The Belarusian artist duo, who are now based in Russia, work to destabilise your digital experience in a time when polished GUI*, UX** and IPS*** aim to provide a sense of familiarity and security.
    November 3, 2016
    Artist Duo EEEFFF Visit Kirkenes' High Tech Industries
    BAR International
  • Pikene på Broen was pleased to host Outi Pieski and Jenni Laiti as part of our BAR International artist in residency program while they undertook research for future collaborative projects. The artists, who during the summer of 2016 collaborated for the first time, each bring unique aesthetics approaches to the contemporary art and culture of Sapmi.  Their first collaboration project was entitled Forewalkers and appeared as part of  Art Ii Biennial – Poetics of Material, the work addressed issues of Sami culture and the right of self-determination. Jenni and Outi will use their first collaboration experience as a springboard for a future project...
    October 14, 2016
    Outi Pieski and Jenni Laiti, Collaborative Research in the Borderlands
    BAR International
  • Ernie and JTT worked late into the night transforming an empty store on Kirkenes’ pedestrian mall into their pop-up hair salon, #ErrorSpa. For two days, the salon operated with impunity from the authorities offering art school haircuts which are more than the law allows.
    October 10, 2016
    #ErrorSpa Pops Up in Kirkenes' Pedestrian Mall
    BAR International
  • Tanya Busse and Emilija Skarnulyte visited Pikene på Broen to scout locations and conduct research for their upcoming project that will be unveiled at the Barents Spektakel 2017.
    September 12, 2016
    Tanya Busse and Emilija Škarnulytė Tour Kirkenes' Industrial Landscapes
    BAR International
  • Ina Otzko and Kjetil Berg hit the road for a tour of central Finnmark and the Kola Peninsula with Pikene på Broen and BAR International. The study trip took the artists from Karasjok via Karigasniemi, Kaamanen, Sevettijärvi, Neiden, Kirkenes, Nikel, Zapolyarny, Titovka, Kirovsk, Kandalaksha, Monchegorsk and Murmansk.
    September 7, 2016
    The Road Trip Residency - Ina Otzko and Kjetil Berg
    BAR International

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