Group Exhibition / Conference
Mine, yours, ours #13 – Transnationalisms
The Virtuality of Borders
The topic of the thirteenth edition of Mine, Yours, Ours festival, held in Rijeka from 22nd to 24th March, is transnationalism – a social phenomenon which arises from the heightened interconnectivity between people and the receding economic and social significance of boundaries among nation states.
People are on the move. Around the world, 65 million people have been forced from home, 20 million are refugees, and 10 million are stateless: denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. At the same time, populist and anti-immigrant parties are leading in the polls across the continent, ethnic groups clamour for independence, and the European Union, which has dissolved borders between 26 nations in the past two decades, is about to shrink for the first time. But even as governments build walls, close borders, cancel passports and deport migrants, people are increasingly organising between nations, new forms of identity are flourishing, and digital technologies are permitting new kinds of citizenship and story-telling to come into being.
The nation state, only 370 years old, is creaking, and with it go the identities that shaped it. But what will replace them? Will borderless technologies and communities continue to flourish, breaking down the barriers between nations and citizens, or will the rising tides of migration, climate change, separatism and nationalism lead to an ever more fractured future? Transnationalisms brings together a group of artists exploring how new technologies, new kinds of community, and new forms of identity are reshaping geography, as well as researchers, thinkers, and activists committed to understanding and shaping this transformation.
The conference on the topic of transnationalism will take place in the large hall of Filodrammatica, on Friday and Saturday, 23 and 24 March. The participants that will hold presentations are writer and artist James Bridle, journalist Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, artist and net.art pioneer Heath Bunting, chief analyst at the Centre for Peace Studies in Zagreb Gordan Bosanac, cultural studies scholar and writer Aljoša Pužar, and architect Marco Ferrari. Each day, the block of three thirty minute presentations will be followed by discussion.
Curated by James Bridle, the Transnationalisms exhibition will open in Mali salon gallery, on Thursday, 22nd March at 20:00, bringing the works by the artists Julian Oliver, Daniela Ortiz, Jeremy Hutchison, Raphaël Fabre, Jonas Staal and the groups Studio Folder (Marco Ferrari & Elisa Pasqual) and They Are Here (Helen Walker & Harun Morrison). The exhibition will stay on display until 14 April, from Tuesday to Saturday from 11 to 20, and on Sunday from 11 to 13 and from 17 to 20.
22 March - 14 April 2018
Mali Salon, Rijeka
Studio Folder (Marco Ferrari & Elisa Pasqual),
They Are Here (Helen Walker & Harun Morrison)
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian