Terminal B is a new project space in Kirkenes, at the border where Norway meets Russia. The space was recently established by Pikene på Broen, a collective of curators and producers who have been actively initiating and facilitating artistic productions in and about the borderlands since 2001. From now, Pikene’s ongoing art productions, as well as those stored on hard-drives and in the warehouses, will be accessible at the new hub, Terminal B – a place from where Pikene på Broen (named after Edvard Munch’s painting and translated to the Girls on the Bridge) will continue building bridges across national borders and artistic genres. For Cosmoscow, Pikene has chosen a series of 96 drawings by Alexander Florensky (b. 1960, lives and works in St Petersburg and Tbilisi); an artistic diary entitled “The Journey from Murmansk to Kirkenes” containing thirteen meticulously portrayed locations on both sides of the border. The work of architect/ artist Joar Nango (b. 1979, based in Tromsø) is on display with “Sámi Shelters” – five hand knitted, woollen jumpers portraying variations of the giant lávvu structures from the Sápmi region, while questioning the Sámi culture’s outward representation. Terminal B also houses a model, a miniature of a garage quarter as viewed from the mountainous terrain of Murmansk, a view and a phenomenon that caught the interest of Lars Ø Ramberg (b. 1964, based in Berlin and Oslo). The project is an ongoing collaboration with the garage owners of Murmansk and will manifest itself as on-site typographical art. Finally, the Terminal B exhibition is infused with the Arctic fragrance “Seed” by Magali Daniaux & Cédric Pigot (b. 1976 & 1966, live and work in Paris) which is inspired by their (non)visit to the Global Seed Vault on Svalbard – in chrome flacon and from automated dispenser.
Participation of the Norwegian galleries at Cosmoscow 2017 is supported by OCA (Office of Contemporary Art Norway).