Vadsø

Artists Ekaterina Golubina and Margrethe Pettersen in Biotopes birdwatching house at Ekkerøy | Photo courtesy of the artists

 

“Activating Narratives – Stories of Time and Space”

What can we do to make the city more alive and interact with people in public spaces? Vadsø kunstforening has invited Ekaterina Golubina (RUS) and Margrethe Pettersen (NOR), to take control over one ore more of the buildings, work on it, engage the public, local entrepreneurs and produce new art works in Vadsø.

Vadsø kunstforening has invited artists Ekaterina Golubina  and Margrethe Pettersen to produce new works that will be presented in August parallel with the Varangerfestivalen that is organized every year in Vadsø city centre.  The artists start working on their projects during the short reseacrh residency  at Vadsø Artists’ Residency in April 2016.

 

Vadsø Artists’ Residency- AIR Barents 2016

April: Ekaterina Golubina (RUS)  and Margrethe Pettersen (NOR)

August: Anastasia Bereza (RUS)

 

Pettersenrecording sound

Pettersen recording sound | Photo: Ekaterina Golubina

Ekaterina looking for objects-photo Pettersen

Ekaterina Golubina looking for objects | Photo: Margrethe Pettersen

Pettersen recording sound and wondering where the others gone- photo Golubina

Pettersen recording sound | Photo: Ekaterina Golubina

 

 

About Vadsø:

Vadsø (pop.6000) is a small town and the county’s main seat. It means there are a lot of public jobs. There used to be a strong fishing industry but is has vaporised. There is an empty Herring Oil factory and many other empty and worn down public buildings. The old school and the old cultural house are in especially bad condition. The city centre area were destroyed during WW2 and rebuilt in 1950s style. There are few public green areas and no playgrounds in the centre. On a normal day there is also very few people around in the public areas. The city has also been called ”The town behind the curtains” meaning people are staying inside looking out, rather than interacting in public spaces. There is one exception, every year in week 32 when the Varangerfestival is arranged, the town bustles with life.

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