In August 2016, Norwegian author and social anthropologist Erika Fatland visited Pikene på Broen as she completed her 20,000 km journey tracing the vast Russian border from North Korea in the east to Grense Jakobselv in the west. Her eight-month, 20,000 kilometre journey took Erika through the lands that border the world’s largest country; from the far east and through the Caucasus, across the Caspian and Black Sea, through the European and Baltic countries on Russia’s western frontier and finally northward, through Finland and Norway. Her incredible journey provides the backdrop for her new book Grensen that, through unique histories and human encounters, shows how different countries are affected by their powerful neighbour, the Russian Federation.
Pikene på Broen is pleased to invite Erika Fatland back to Kirkenes for the presentation of her book Grensen that was released this November. Fatland is one of Norway’s most critically acclaimed and award-winning non-fiction writers whose books have been translated into several languages. She is the author of Foreldrekrigen (2009), Englebyen – Fortellinger fra Beslan (2011), Året uten sommer (2012) and Sovjetistan (2014).
Alongside Erika Fatland, Pikene på Broen is pleased to present the Italian photographer Rocco Rorandelli from the documentary photographers’ collective Terra Project with their project Archipelago Russia. The project marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and documents the landscape, people and symbiotic relationship between cultures and communities across eight European countries, all of which share a border with Russia. Archipelago Russia is a co-production of four leading media outlets; M le magazine du Monde (France), BuzzFeed (USA), Internazionale (Italy) and Politico Europe (Belgium), with the support of Canon Italia.
Pikene på Broen welcomes you to Terminal B to hear stories and ask questions as the author and photographer each tell about their experiences travelling through the lands that border Russia.