Curatorial is proud to announce that the Nordic Culture Fund supports our project "The Boundaries of Death Challenged." The project is a platform to bring together music and visual art from Haiti and the Nordic countries to reflect on how human mortality informs our every day existence.
Together the artists (Jean-Claude Saintilus, Jean-louis Huhta, Per Huttner) will develop a collaborative performance that brings together two distinct and opposing cosmologies: On the one hand, the secular, scientific Nordic tradition that sees death as the end and the Haitian vision where the boundaries between the living and the dead remain porous (The dead “live” among as humans and voodoo artists like Jean-Claude Saintilus interact with them on a daily basis.)
The artists will create a performance together during a two-week residency in Kirkenes that reflects on these questions. They will continue to develop it as they travel through Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark integrating traces of the research as well as knowledge acquired along the way. They will use modular synthesizers, percussion, acoustic instruments, voice and video projections in the process. Along the tour, the will invite a series local of guests who will contribute to the performances.
The journey will give them a better understanding how the two perspectives on death and what can be learned from them. The project also offers new insights into how inter-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogues can support tolerance as well as offer depth in our daily lives.
The performances will be presented in two forms:
- Clubs, museums and concert halls in the visited cities.
- In public spaces including old burial places, disused execution places and other spaces where mankind is confronted with its mortality.