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Fiodorova, Tatiana (MD)

| 2013-10-16 21:07:50

Artist in residence @ Badgast 2013 for Now Wakes The Sea
Project at Badgast: 'Can you measure free coastal access?'
Screening program 'The Lost Sea' at DCR Gueststudio's.
Tatiana works at MediArt Dialogue, cultural partner of Satellietgroep in Moldova for Now Wakes The Sea.


'Can you measure free coastal access?'
Starting from childhood memories during the USSR, artist/curator Tatiana Fiodorova experienced free access to the Black Sea coast. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Moldova lost its sea. You now need a passport/visa to cross borders and once at the Ukraine Black Sea shore the beach is cut up in plots of private ownership. Therefore it is no longer possible to take long hikes along the shore following the continuity of the coast.

During September 2013 Moldovan media artist and curator Fiodorova was artist in residence at Badgast (The Hague/Scheveningen, NL) on the shore of the North Sea as part of the 'Now Wakes The Sea' project. Here she reconnected with her memories of free coastal access and decided to reconstruct this quality into a performance. She measured and collected with tape the sand that stretches from boulevard to shoreline, from harbor to the Pier. The outcome are rolls of tape showing the length of the long stretches of space where you can freely move along the beach. These compressed rolls of measurement reveal the vulnerability of the precious coastal pubic access. Her confronting collection of measurements reflects the negotiations between the pressures on public and private ownership of coastal space.

Scheveningen is in fact the most regulated public space you can imagine, but within the margins of rules and restrictions the presumption of mental and physical space is kept alive.  
'The Lost Sea' by Fiodorova connects to previous Badgast projects about lack, longing and presumption of public coastal space by David Horvitz (Public Access), James Geurts (Drawing Horizon) and Francois Lombarts (Zandbar). Recently while reconstructing the boulevard the dikes and harbor head of Scheveningen are covered with sand and grass to make them appear as natural dunes. It is Disneyfication of the Dutch shores, but do we prefer to live in a make belief world?

Screening program 'The Lost Sea'

The screening program focusses on performances, video art and animations made by well-known and emerging artists and filmmakers from Post-Soviet countries. The films and video works are visually connected to the sea, the coast or in general the notion of water. In most of the works the authors tackle an underlaying political, environmental or philosophical issue.

Filmmakers in the program: Oleg Kulik (Russia), Vladimir Logutov (Russia), Veaceslav Druta (Moldova), Ghenadie Popescu (Moldova), Umida Ahmedova and Oleg Karpov (Uzbekistan), Vyacheslav Akhunov (Uzbekistan), Alexander Ugai (Kazakhstan), Mykola Ridnyi (Ukraine), Tetyana Goryushina (Ukraine), Mihail Gulin (Belorus), Tonea Slobodcikova (Belorus), Sabina Shikhlinskaya (Azerbaijan), Ulan Djaparov(Kyrgyzstan), Philip Rayhmut (Germany),Ali Hasanov (Azerbaijan), Yulia Drobova (Uzbekistan), Oleg Tcherny (Belorus), Krišs Salmanis (Latvia ), Flo Kasearu in collaboration with Riina Maidrem Oksanan Tralla, Marianne Manni, Veronoka Vallimae.

With special thanks to:
Sabina Shikhlinskaya, Oleg Karpov, Alevtina Kakhidze, Odrija Fisere, Sergey Shabohin.

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The project NWTS is initiated by Dutch Satellietgroep and involves research based artist in residence programs for artists/architects/filmmakers in coastal transition areas in countries surrounding the Black Sea and North Sea to develop new works, select existing works and program traveling film festivals for public screenings and debates on venues, both on the coast of the Black Sea as on the North Sea.
The cultural exchange project 'Now Wakes The Sea' started in 2012 with the exchange of The Netherlands and Turkey in the context of NLTR400. Satelietgroep is very proud to be selected for the program for Russia, called NLFR2013. ECF provides funding to continue the project with Moldova and Georgia.

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