Olga Kisseleva is mapping the Arctic – for the exhibition Mind the Map!

The digital animation Conquistadors examines the tensions and conflicts characterizing the Arctic today. The Arctic space is being re-mapped / re-drawn / re-appropriated by the traditional stakeholders and newcomers, be it private or state-owned corporations, governmental or non-governmental bodies. The artist reflects on how the current situation is effected by the overlapping interests of geopolitical powers, referring to the “global conquests”. Kisseleva‚s work answers the question Who is the Arctic today.

The artist Olga Kisseleva’s approach to her work is much the same as a scientist’s. A discrepancy detected during a procedure or within the workings of a structure oblige her to formulate a hypothesis, in order to explain the complication in question, and wherever possible, to propose a solution to the problem. Now Olga Kisseleva is Director of the Art&Science Program at the Faculty of Arts, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris. She is working with a team of economists and political scientists from the University to produce the Conquistadors for the exhibition Mind the Map!within the festival Barents Spektakel 2011 in Kirkenes, North Norway.

Exhibition MIND THE MAP!
Opening: February 2, 2011
Open until February 14th, 2011
Curated by Pikene på Broen


Barents Spektakel
organized by Pikene på Broen
Storgata 8, PB 180
9915 Kirkenes, Norway
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