Frontiers in Retreat


Carl Giffney: I really don't feel them

3 days event at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

I really don't feel them is a 3 day event at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin. Its central work is a feature length documentary movie by the same name, shot in The Netherlands, Scotland and Finland, produced by Carl Giffney. 

The movie will be screened on the big screen once each evening at a seated viewing starting at 18.00hr. 

I really don't feel them and its related projects were made across five residencies within Frontiers In Retreat (2013 - 2018).


Artists in Residence: Janne Nabb & Maria Teeri Sept 1 – Oct 13 2016 at European center for culture and debate GRAD, Belgrade, Serbia

Cultural center Grad continues with activities regarding international artist exchange in project Frontiers in Retreat. During September and October in Belgrade and Sirogojno we will host two artist from Finland Janne Nabb & Maria Teeri.


Janne Nabb's (b. 1984) and Maria Teeri's (b. 1985) joint practice is based on observations of encounter, interaction and fusion between artists and other things, which often happen to be commodities. Nabb's and Teeri's works and projects, many of which are temporary, examine in particular the levels of artistic labour in the relationship with everyday society. The physical matter they work with is often the material surplus or in-situ material traces left by human or non-human activity. Discovering, scavenging, collecting and rediscovering, focality, experiments with objects, 'object ringing' and the observation of circulation and swarming of objects form the vicious circle of Nabb's and Teeri's current practice. Diverse modes of representation and documentation have a central role in their work. Nabb and Teeri are graduates of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki (MFA, 2011) and Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, School of Fine Art Kankaanpää (BFA, 2009). They have been working together since late 2008. Nabb and Teeri were selected as the Young Artists of the Year 2014 by Tampere Art Museum, FI. Recent duo exhibitions include Mesh at EMMA Museum of Modern Art, FI, Tuntemattomien juhlien jäänteet at Tampere Art Museum (2014), FI, Thingness at Pori Art Museum Gallery Poriginal, FI (2013), Indications of Spring at Galerie Anhava, Helsinki (2012), Schwarzwald wird immer bunter at T66 Kulturwerk, Freiburg, DE (2012) and a place for everything and everything in its place at Helsinki Art Museum Gallery Kluuvi (2011).


Museum of Nonhumanity Opens in September

A new temporary museum is to open in Helsinki in September 2016. The Museum of Nonhumanity will present the history of the distinction between humans and other animals, and the way that this imaginary boundary has been used to oppress human and nonhuman beings. 

Throughout history, declaring a group to be nonhuman or subhuman has been an effective tool for justifying slavery, oppression and genocide. Conversely, differentiating humans from other species has paved the way for the abuse of natural resources and other animals.

The museum of Nonhumanity will host an extensive lecture program in which civil-rights and animal-rights organizations, academics, artists, and activists will propose paths to a more inclusive society. The Museum of Nonhumanity stands as a monument to the call to make dehumanization history and to the start of a new, more inclusive era.

The Museum of Nonhumanity was launched by History of Others, a collaboration between the writer Laura Gustafsson and the visual artist Terike Haapoja. The first part of the History of Others project, The Museum of the History of Cattle (2013), was awarded the Kiila prize in Finland and is now touring internationally. The second work in the project, a courtroom performance called The Trial, had its premiere at the Baltic Circle Festival in 2014.

Opening: Suvilahti, Tiivistämö September 1, 2016. Open September 2–29, 2016.

Museum of Nonhumanity is co-produced by the project Frontiers in Retreat.



Mustarinda Incubator: Post-Fossil Experimentality

Mustarinda Incubator will take place in Hyrynsalmi, Finland, August 11–16, 2016

During its first years, Frontiers in Retreat has brought together artists and residencies as a Europe-wide network. Skills and knowledge on ecological issues and contemporary artistic work have been generated and circulated. Yet, on a practical and experiential level, there is still work to be done: How to organize the network and its nodes in ways that provide meaningful and inspiring responses to the global ecological crisis? What is the relationship between artistic work and ecological practices in a post-fossil fuel era, which is defined by an increasing realization of how our lives (and work) are conditioned by fossil fuels and attempts to reach beyond their massive use? The Mustarinda Incubator invited artists and residency organizers to discuss and experiment with post-fossil fuel ways of being, drawing on the remote location next to one of the rare still remaining old-growth forests south of Lapland in Finland.


Skaftfell Incubator: Tool-kit for Survivalism at the Edge of the World

The Skaftfell incubator took place on May 20–22, 2016 in Seydisfjördur, East Iceland. The incubator served as a platform for multidisciplinary dialogue, focusing on the intersections of visual art and ecological issues in the context of Iceland.

The key questions were:

WHAT are the particularities of ecosystems, environment, community, and daily life in Iceland?

HOW do artists engage with these issues and what is their contribution to this discourse?

WHAT opportunities and challenges are in store for local ecologies and how can we adjust to them?


The earth wants to be free

The second leg of Mirko Nikolić‘s Frontiers in Retreat artist project at HIAP culminates into a camp-symposium 'The earth wants to be free – On rights, autonomy and freedom of other-than-humans‘ in Kemiö island, Finland, 14–15 May, 2016.

In a two-day camp at the old copper mines in the island of Kemiönsaari in South-West Finland, the symposium will discuss dynamics of shared trans-species conversations, with emphasis on ethico-political questions that present themselves when crossing the imaginary human–nonhuman border. How do we invite nonhumans to take part in conversations initiated by humans? What kinds of rights and freedoms are asserted through these naturalcultural minglings? What are the responsibilities and accountabilities of the humans towards nonhuman persons? The participants, invited by Nikolić, will share their audiovisual performances.


Reflections on Tuula Närhinen‘s LOCAL

“In October 2014 and April 2016 I had the chance to work in Farrera, a tiny village in the Catalonian Pyrenees close to the border of Andorra. I attempted to capture visual and auditory sense impressions engendered by the movement of the winds.

Tuula developed her project Local specifically for Frontiers in Retreat. Her previous works and projects have dealt primarily with water (Seawatercolours, Touch of Rain and Clapotis for example), but for Local she decided to investigate her environment through the other elements as well. She began her research by looking into how wind behaves, then progressed further into the realms of earth, water, rock formations and the colours of the landscape of Farrera, Spain, where she completed two residencies in October 2014 and April 2016.


Guests of project Frontiers in Retreat visiting art colonies Zlakusi and Ečka August 2014

During August, Kc Grad started realization of five-year project which gathers several international artist in residence programme. Guests-artists of Kc Grad, Saara-Maria Kariranta, Quelic Berga  and Joanes Simon-Perret, are during residence in Serbia participated in art colonies in Zlakusa and Ečka.


Zlakusa art colony was founded two decades ago, and it was one of the most respected art pottery manifestations ever since. The specificity of this art colony is reflected in the construction of delicate bridge between traditional pottery methods and  modern tendencies in art pottery. Through years, colonies were visited by 300 artists, art critics, archaeologists, art photographers and architects.

Art colony in Ečka was founded in 1956. The specificity of this art colony is combining current trends in visual arts with their own specifics. Until the foundation of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade in 1965. the art colony Ečka was the only place in Serbia where Yugoslav production of fine art could be seen in one place. The opening of the exhibition in Zrenjanin, which will include work of artists who participate in the project, is scheduled for the 27th of October.

After art colonies, artists will be in Belgrade until 26 of September and then they will go to the Museum Staro Selo in Sirogojno where they will join another participant in the project, artist Mirko Nikolić. For the following period Kc Grad prepares first seminar/incubator  whithin „Frontiers in Retreat“ project which will be held in Belgrade from 2 do 5 of October. Beside four artist who are searching for inspiration in Serbia, during seminar, will join us other artists who will be participating in project in following years as well as representatives of partner organizations from Finland, Spain, Latvia, Great Britain and Iceland. Seminar / incubator will host a large number of professors and students from several art academies from Finland, Denmark and Norway.