Writer Morten A. Strøksnes and artist Amund Sjølie Sveen present:
The Barents Liberation Army
What do we know about Barents Liberation Army? That they view themselves as destined to lead Barents into a new era. That BLA is an anti-colonial movement offering freedom and happiness to the people through enlightenment and actions. BLA moves amongst the people like fish swim through water. By re-defining the status quo, they transform our reality.
During the 2013 Barents Spektakel the BLA officially moved from the shadows and burst into public consciousness.
On occasion of this historical event, Ofelas is declared the Liberated Barents Zone. “From this epicentre the revolution will spread like a powerful seismic movement throughout Barents” says the spokesman of this mysterious group. “Time for negotiations is over. Our battle is just and will be crowned with victory. Sisters and brothers, the night is over. Prepare to join BLA!”
«It is the destiny of the Barents Liberation Army to lead Barents out of oppression. As an anti-colonial movement, BLA is offering freedom and happiness to its people through enlightenment and actions.
BLA moves amongst people like fish swim through water. We are mental miners and will lead the people out of darkness and into the light. The colonial order will dissolve in love, knowledge and true propaganda. By re-defining status quo, we will transform reality in our image. Sisters and brothers, the revolution begins in our minds!
On occasion of this historical event, Kirkenes is declared a Liberated Barents Zone. From this epicenter the revolution will spread like a powerful seismic movement throughout Barents. Our battle is just and will be crowned with victory. The long night is over. Prepare to join the BLA.»
(Morten Strøksnes and Amund Sjølie Sveen, Kirkenes (NO), January 2013)