Twelve European photographers address and explore a changing Europe. The photo exhibition Shifting Boundaries has been touring Europe and has now come to the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and their photos where it will be on display through 28 January 2018.
The twelve photographers interpret the theme very differently:
Ariana Arcara (Italy) introduces us to the 180 km long line, since 1974 dividing Cyprus and being controlled by UN-peacekeepers.
Pierfranscesco Celada (Italy) has chosen to explore the metropolitan area just outside Milan’s present day city center, documenting an urban territory in expansion.
Marthe Aune Eriksen (Norway) investigates various areas in the borderlands between the city and periphery.
Jakob Gansimeier (Germany) focuses on a journey through Poland, a country which has always considered itself as a borderland.
Margarida Gouveia (Portugal) explores in her project The Mirror Game parts of two bodies where different objects and space are converted into digital data to be transferred onto a digital platform.
Marie Hald (Denmark) has documented the daily life of young women in Malawa, Poland during their fight against anorexia and bulimia.
Dominic Hawgood (UK) focuses in methods associated with computer-generated images questioning the borders between the real and virtual.
Robin Hinsch (Germany) combines 14 large-scale color photographs portraying the conflict in the eastern Ukraine.
Eivind H. Natvig (Norway) documents the plight of Palestinian refugees in Norway. He has visited their descendants in Iraq, living in different parts of Norway.
Ildikó Péter (Hungary) follows the unprecedented high number of immigrants arriving in Europe in the summer of 2015. He attends to the current situation of Europe and the futire of the European idea.
Marie Sommer (France) focuses on the breakup of former Yugoslavia and the dissolution of a territory.
Christina Werner (Austria) examines the phenomenon of right-wing populism and violence on the old continent.
Rune Eraker is the exhibition’s curator.
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These are the topics featured in Shifting Boundaries, an exhibition about both physical and mental borders. Shifting boundaries is a photo exhibition about a changing Europe.
The photographers receive support for a period of six months to work on the topic, with four curators selected by each foundation. The resulting exhibition is displayed in four prestigious European cultural institutions.
“This is a thought-provoking exhibition about how Europe is changing,” says Liv Tørres, director of the Nobel Peace Center. “For many years, we have taken the European community for granted, but now we see that borders are springing up again and that increasing inequality and extremism are leading to new, invisible barriers between peoples.”
Shifting Boundaries is a visual experience in addition to a commentary on today’s Europe. The European Photo Exhibition Award (EPEA for short) is led and financed by the Norwegian foundation Fritt Ord, in conjunction with the Italian Fondatione Banca del Monte di Lucca, the Portuguese Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian and the German Körber-Stiftung. “The project is in itself an interesting and literally transborder collaboration between European non-profit foundations,” says Knut Olav Åmås, executive director of Fritt Ord.
The European Photo Exhibition Award (EPEA for short) aims to create a free space where socially relevant topics concerning Europe are developed and discussed by talented young European photographers. The twelve appointed photographers will translate their observations, analyses and statements on a set and socially relevant subject into a photo essay. The results are presented in joint touring exhibitions within Europe. The first exhibition was held at the Haus der Photographie in the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg in May 2012.
Oslo is the last stop of the exhibition which runs through 28 January 2018.
Feature image (on top) Atiana Arcara’s press card. She claims she survives in a world of male war photographers
Shifting Boundaries in Oslo, compiled by Tor Kjolberg