Havremagasinet presents ENTRY PROHIBITED TO FOREIGNERS, curated by Elise Antangana.
ENTRY PROHIBITED TO FOREIGNERS invites eleven international artists. Their works addresses the theme of mobility: how it transforms our way of life, its impact on our daily lives. How this mobility feeds our dreams and imagination of an entire society. The works deal with displacement in space, in time, in itself and others representation.They are interested in the flow of ideas and migration of Men, how they meet, how they connect, how they interact.
ENTRY PROHIBITED TO FOREIGNERS embraces different approaches to mobility. They observe the transitions taking place in us and in this globalized world. Poetic, individual and collective narratives are present in different visual forms with a large part to moving images.
Boden is the largest garrison in Sweden. This town of 30,000 inhabitants was, during the Cold War, the last bastion of Northern Europe against the Soviet Union. The entry of foreigners was then restricted. Signs were placed at the entrance of Boden and its surroundings: “ENTRY PROHIBITED TO ALIENS”.
“When I was invited by Havremagasinet to do this exhibition I wanted to start from the context of the city. I saw the complex history that Boden have had and how close connected the town is with todays migration. Today the city is widely opened and it hosts many refugees from North Africa and the Middle East. The small isolated town is also part of a whole. Its identity is changing, and becomes another through others. This was the theme I wanted to work with in this exhibition”, says Elise Atangana
The history of Boden and Havremagasinet art center are the basis of this aesthetic and human experience. Produced especially for the exhibition, works as a gesture of the artist Tamrat Gezahegne, reclaims the sign “ENTRY PROHIBITED TO FOREIGNERS,” and sets the tone.
With works by : Said Adrus (UK/India), Loulou Cherinet (Sweden/Ethiopia), Julien Creuzet (France), Love Enqvist (Sweden), Tamrat Gezahegne (Ethiopia), Ahmad Ghossein (Lebanon), Katia Kameli (France/Algeria), Jackie Karuti (Kenya), Mario Macilau (Mozambique), Emanuel Tegene (Ethiopia), Breeze Yoko (South Africa)
Opening of ENTRY PROHIBITED TO FOREIGNERS 6th of June at 13.00, the exhibition runs until 27th of September 2015.