Piya Wanthiang is at BAR International, Pikene på Broen’s residency program, to study the border cities Kirkenes and Nikel. This is the artist’s first visit to the High North and her program consists of meeting locals, interviewing, discussing and getting to understand what makes people wanting to live in this sometimes cold and harsh winter wonderland, aka the Arctic region.

Piya is developing a project planned for Barents Spektakel 2016.

Read her first blog post here

Piya Wanthiang is a Bergen based Belgium artist with Thai roots. She graduated in 2009 with a BA from Sint-Lukas Brussel and in 2012 with a MA in Fine Arts from Bergen Academy of Art and Design. Her practice consists mostly out of painting, installation and text dealing with slow time and the construction of fictionalized places.