VA15: Crossing Boundaries Discussions



Wednesday 6 May 2015           

Moderators JW Stella and Mark Waugh.

Marita Isobel Solberg (a musician, a visual artist and poet. A nomad of the world), Richard Demarco (curator of cross-cultural links, presenting artists such as Joseph Bueys and Marina Abramovic) Tony Heaton ( artist, Chief Executive SHAPE), Ala Younis (Artist and curator based in Amman) Gaynor O’Flynn (artist and pioneer in interactive, inter disciplinary art)

The discussion considered identity, do artists belong to one culture or are they citizens of the world. There has always been an appropriation of artist’s heritage, but does art and culture belong to everyone? Debate asks questions about statehood, effects of global migration on cultural boundaries, and if it matters where you are from?



Thursday 7 May 2015            

Moderator Gilane Tawadros (Director of DACS)


Sacha Craddock (curator/writer), Anna Bitkina,(co founder of Creative Association of Curators TOK, Russia), David A Bailey (artist Gilane Tawadros (Director of DACS), Sue Williamson (artist), Vassiliki Tzanakou, (curator/writer)  and Emeka Okereke (Artist, Founder and Artistic Director of Invisible Borders – The Trans-African project)

Recent questioning of geographical boundaries globally, both democratically and by force, and the withdrawal of support by some European countries for various International artists and institutions act effectively as a boycott with cultural events being altered by political agendas. Is this a genuine support for civil rights or a convenient way for governments to play politics with culture; a boycott as a medieval throw back to the days of blockades and siege.  What is a boycott for, who is meant to benefit, who is meant to suffer?



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VA15 Venice Performances 

Jon Adams

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KAtarina PAlmer

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Marita Isabel Solberg 

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Friday 8 May 2015                

“Congratulations great invention of a new conversation format”  Hans Ulrich Obrist

Moderator Tim Rawlins

Participants included  Yvannoé Kruger, Tony Heaton, Louise Camrass, Jean Wainwright,  Katie Jolin, Gill Hedly, Voilet MacClean,

Piloted at VA13 and subsequently in Norway, Speed Dating successfully gets people talking and involved in the project. With 60 questions relating to the idea of identity and crossing boundaries, each deal specifically with how we connect to ‘local’ culture and how that interfaces with the wider international agenda.  Meet, discuss and exchange ideas with some of the worlds leading artists, curators, critic, directors and collectors.




Border Line: Rights of Passage Publication 

Curated by: Jean Wainwright

Oliver Gapper, Martin Garwood, Katie Jolin and Hala Morris George.

The publication launched in a unique event on Wednesday 6 May 2015

A unique publication where 100 individual art books will be assembled and constructed on site from work by 23 international artists who have produced signed photographic art works as a ‘one off’. Each book with the 23 signed prints is made to order and available to purchase. The selected artists address complex issues of individual identity, territorial borders, society, economics, and immigration.  The artists include: Martina Bacigalupo, Roger Ballen, Bernd Behr, Valérie Belin, Adam Chodzko, Shezad Dawood, Ori Gersht, Shaun Gladwell, Glenna Gordon, Nina Katchadourian, Steffi Klenz, Martin Kollar, Karen Knorr, Sohei Nishino, Max Pinckers, Charlie Shoemaker, Laurie Simmons, Heidi Specker, Terry Smith, Julian Stallabrass, Daniel Traub, Sue Williamson and Catherine Yass.


The most obvious contextual concept of the boundary is linked to that of the nation-state. Often associated with the territory or border of a country, boundaries have changed significantly over the course of human history.

The idea of having national pavilions at the Venice Biennale representing the essence of an identity has been increasingly questioned in the context of today’s globalized world. In recent years, many curators of the biennale have strongly encouraged the idea of using the national pavilion in more experimental ways by suggesting that boundaries are constantly subject to change.

Rights of Passage is a limited edition publication of 100 copies. The photographic artists participating show the ability to engage with the discourse of globalism while at the same time critically examining their position in their local regions. This does not mean that the participating artists reduce their works to symbols of nostalgia but they rather offer a critical perspective on their current situation within a local as well as national context and as part of the international community.

The invited artists address complex issues of individual identity, territorial borders, society, economics, and immigration in this age of advanced photographic technology and globalization.

Each invited photographic artist responded to the theme by submitting a photographic piece of work that has been reproduced on an A4 sheet of paper and is signed by the artist.