Erick Beltrán

The Image of Power: A Bergen Parade

Outdoors in the centre of Bergen

At 14:00
Starting at Bergen tingrett, Tårnplassen

The artist Erick Beltrán has worked with various images that have been used as ways of representing power in Bergen by its citizens, and the social, philosophical and ideological implications of these images. The project will culminate in a parade in public space in Bergen starting at the courts of justice, where a group of performers will gather. A few months before the parade, a small team asked people in the city about their ideas of power and possible ways of representing it visually.

Which mythological character would describe power in this city now? If politics were an object what would it be? Which creature would be the best leader? Which mask would you make for the government? What is the shape of power? On the basis of convergences in the collected material, Beltrán has created placards, masks, and a song that will all be presented in the parade.

New versions of the project will later be created in Prague in the Czech Republic and Szczecin in Poland.

Erick Beltrán

Erick Beltrán works with various formats such as installations, sculpture, printouts, newspapers, publications, drawings, photography and lecture-performances. He often works with texts and images, and he is interested in how images are defined, valued, ordered, classified, selected, reproduced and distributed. He is fascinated by how information circulates and is organized, since it conditions the way we understand the world. More broadly, at the heart of his approach are language and our relationship with knowledge: his diagrams, plans and graphical systems are attempts to explain the world.

Some recent exhibitions include the Bienal de Cuenca (Ecuador 2018), Laocoön’s Dream (La Tallera, Mexico, 2018); Game Piece (Espacio Odeón Bogotá 2018; Volt, Bergen 2013); The Fallen Tree (Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, 2015); Atlas Eidolon (Museo Rufino Tamayo, México DF, 2014). Previous exhibitions include Yinchuan Biennale, the Vac Foundation Venice, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Manila, Bienal de São Paulo, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, TBA21 Contemporary, Vienna, Taipei Biennial, Lyon Biennial, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco. He is currently doing a PhD at the University of the Arts Helsinki. He lives and works in Barcelona.

Performers: David Alræk, Yohei Hamada, Anette Friedrich Johannessen, Jan-Egil Finne, Sang Hoon Lee, Iivi Meltaus, Hans Christian van Nijkerk, Nicolai Risbjerg, Tanja Silvestrini, Veronica Robles Thorseth and Jone André Tou.
Hardanger fiddle: Tuva Bolstad.

The project is produced within the framework of the ”la Caixa” Foundation’s programme to support artists. Thanks to KONE Foundation and SNCA, FONCA for support to the project.

Volt’s programme in 2019 has received funding from Arts Council Norway, City of Bergen, Hordaland County Council (KUP) and Public Art Norway (URO).

Photo: Thor Brødreskift

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