The common ground of freedom?
On 25 October, both Russian and Norwegian Foreign Ministers and the Royal House of Norway come to Kirkenes to mark the liberation of Finnmark from German occupation. The day before, Pikene på Broen arrange a Transborder Café devoted to the question of freedom.
What is freedom?
Is the idea of freedom in Russia similar to what one thinks of it in Norway?
Freedom – from whom, from what?
What is our common ground for freedom?
In 2014, we celebrate that the area in 1814 was still a common ground between Norway, Russia and Finland, with the official
border drawn only twelve years later. We also celebrate liberation of Norway in October 1944 from the German occupation. Having liberated the Northern Norway, the Red Army moved back to Russia. How do these historical events correlate with the situation of today, for example with the conflict around Ukraine and the mutual sanctions between Russia and the West?
Pikene på Broen invite:
Parag Khanna (IN/US): a leading geo-strategist, world traveler, and best selling author. He is author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-TechnologyCivilization (2012), the international bestseller The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008) and How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011). In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century”, and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List”.
More info: http://paragkhanna.com/
Kirill Kobrin (RU): historian and writer. Kobrin writes fiction and nonfiction prose, co-edits Moscow magazine of culture and politics Neprikosnovenniy Zapas (Emergency Rations), and researches the cultural history of Russia, Great Britain and the Czech Republic. In his newest text for Neprikosnovenny Zapas magazine and Moscow Magazine he is focusing on the topic of borders from different points of view (from the historical, philosophical, national point of view by focusing on the inhabitants of this regions as well)
Anders Sunna (SE): Sami artist who uses his own family`s history as base for his artistic production, using art as a rebellion against the government of Sweden. In Sunna`s own words: Through art, I can exercise my aggression. Sunna work has been exhibited all over Scandinavia.
More info: http://anderssunna.com/
Kjartan Fløgstad (NO): as a writer, Fløgstad has been awarded numerous prizes, including Nordisk Råds Litteraturpris 1978, Gyldendalprisen 1998 Brage Prize honorary award in 2008, and his books have been translated into many languages.
Fløgstad is known for his depictions of industrial culture, market liberalism and the information society and has written several books relating to Sør-Varanger.
Katya García-Antón (UK/ES): Curator and current director at OCA, Office of Contemporary Art Norway. Having trained in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, she combines academic excellence with a knowledge of an immense range of artistic disciplines. She has been affiliated with several major international art institutions, including the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Museu d’Arte Moderno de São Paulo, Brazil; the Institute of Contemporary Art, London and IKON, Birmingham.
Moderator: Rita Westvik.
Music: Alexander Skliar (RU), Thomas Gostischa (GE) and Trygve Beddari with Band (NO).
Book launch: The Russian artist Alexander Florensky will launch his book A Journey from Murmansk to Kirkenes, a collection of situation drawings and text made by the artist during his trip from Murmansk to Kirkenes in June 2014.
Transborder Café (TC) is an informal concept, a theme based think tank which brings together experts by involving the audience in an open discussion related to current political and cultural issues enriched with contributions by artists, politicians and researchers.