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BORDER CROSSING #1
BORDER CROSSING #1

04/09/2017

Una nuova, piccola rubrica in vista dell'approssimarsi dell'edizione 2017 di MINIARTEXTIL BORDERLINE

Il titolo scelto per l'edizione è un termine carico di significati, ricco di importanti rimandi a diverse discipline umanistiche e chi meglio degli artisti poteva cercare di interpretarlo?
Abbiamo così pensato di chiedere loro, attraverso alcune semplici domande, cosa ne pensano di limiti, confini, muri. Ma anche di cosa significhi per loro il termine borderline da un punto di vista più marcatamente psicologico.
In questo e nei successivi post, scoprirete cosa ne pensano e quanto una parola come borderline influisca sulla loro produzione artistica, tra continui rimandi linguistici e semiotici.
Per quanto riguarda, invece, la loro idea borderline tradotta in arte, vi aspettiamo a Miniartextil dal 7 ottobre al 26 novembre.

Il primo numero della rubrica Border Crossing è dedicata a Rolands Krutovs, artista lettone. Dopo la laurea all'Accademia d'Arte della Lettonia ha rappresentato il suo paese in oltre venti paesi grazie a importanti collettive artistiche.
Rolands, classe 1979, crede che il confine sia anzitutto una zona interiore personale suddivisa fra una confort zone dove sentirsi protetti e al sicuro e un'area ben definita più legata alla razionalità; sostiene che l'arte contemporanea, da sempre sinonimo di libertà, possa contribuire ad abbattere tutti i confini fisici o mentali costruiti dall'uomo.
Ognuno di noi, prosegue l'artista, è borderline perchè ogni giorno nella nostra testa costruiamo e abbattiamo idee, opinioni, punti di vista. Lo stesso processo creativo è per sua natura borderline.

Di seguito l'intervista a Rolands Krutovs. L'artista sarà presente a MIniartextil Borderline con l'opera Porcelain Coasts.

What does the word border mean for you?


I am associating the concept of the border with two meanings – it can have either a direct or a symbolic distinction. It can be my personal internal territory where I am the one who is setting the lines. It can also be a comfort zone, which is the area where I am feeling secure. It might be a solitary and separated area as well, beyond which one condition ends and another sets in. It is a kind of definition for me. With its help we manage to carry on mutual communication. Alien-kin, other-mine – these categories are always opposite and are separated by a borderline.

How contemporary art helps to pass the borders?


In my opinion, art in general, also contemporary art has always been a symbol of personal freedom, and at the same time I consider that communication and dialogue is of utmost importance, and freedom of expression must be respected. I believe that freedom must not turn into aggressiveness against opposite viewpoints. Creating art is a spiritual necessity. Art is the result of an essential, deeply personal, spiritual and heartfelt action. Like a mirror it shows our essence. Even posing questions, contemporary art speaks about topical to the community issues.

Borderline is also a term used in psychiatry. Many people today are defined borderline. What do you think about this?


Borderline, of course, is applied also in the above mentioned cases, as it directly and accurately describes that term characterizing human mental health. Every day in our minds we are building up and breaking down boundaries. The process of thinking and creation is a kind of overcoming borders, or at least defining them, thus arriving to ordinary and global conclusions. In some respect it is also a question - What am I? Where do I come from? Where is my beginning and my end ..?


THE CROSSING is a novel written by Cormac McCarthy in 1994 and set along the border region between Mexico and USA. What do you think about the new political course of the world governed by the right wing?


In my art, I have always tried to keep out of politics. For me it is much more important and comfortable to portray the world of my own, to show those problems which I believe to be most essential. Well, for me politics will always remain as game – a kind of manipulation with minds and opposition to the true spiritual essence of a human being. In my opinion, it is important to be honest in art and continue and keep on a kind of existential self-research process. The attempt to find essence in a philosophical sense needs much effort in today's complex world.


What do you think about our exhibition and its artistic goal?


The artist's work is very complex. Artworks are created based on a contribution of artist’s individual experience, research, experimentation, which the viewer might not always imagine and understand. It is a peculiar world with a very personalized contemporary message. My artworks are similar to dialogue that I am carrying on with the outside world, and they have their own audience. Therefore this kind of exhibition platform is very important as it shows professional performance of numerous artists, and thus, even for a moment, a kind of bridge is built to overcome separation and boundaries, and space for interchange of ideas turns up.



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