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Can art bridge across geographies and gaps of knowledge?

What connects Sápmi, Surinam and Schwitzerland? How do Christianity and Vodun intersect? Do Karen Blixen and Fidel Castro share common beliefs?

What might seem far removed, share close bonds when we look beyond national and historic divisions. The publication BAT: Bridging Art + Text, just released by Hurricane Publishing, looks into complex historic and current connections across the globe presenting international artists, scholars, curators and writers in 3 volumes of 800+ pages.

"Due to the fact that cultures, ideas and artifacts have been scattered all over the globe and thus separated from their place of origin during Western colonialism and enslavement, those of us who engage in history, ancestry and beliefs, may find ourselves in all corners of the world,” explains artist and curator Michelle Eistrup.

Shared experiences

This scattering let her to gather international artists and scholars for an initial workshop hosted at The Karen Blixen Museum in Denmark. They shared their professional experiences working in different cultures and contexts, and found inspiration in each other’s artistic strategies.

“Bridging across the Atlantic and from north to south and being able to meet face to face can help break the sense of isolation many of us experience and provide answers to shared questions," elaborates Michelle Eistrup.

As a curator and editor she wanted to show an extensive work presentation of the artists present at the workshop. Together with text editor Annemari Brogaard Clausen and producer Anders Juhl she set out the tremendous task of presenting the artistic work together with quotes, poems, song lyrics, and articles by way of montage.

In-depth knowledge sharing

The first volume shows the connections between art, performance and religion. In the second volume, artists and writers deal with racism as well as the omission of voice and identity. The third volume gathers artists and writers who actively critique history and its influence on present times.

The transfer of cultural and spiritual knowledge from Africa across the Atlantic and further towards Europe show the potential and strength of maintaining a shared cultural heritage. The strength of bridging creates ways of facing racism and prejudice and seeing old and new connections.

BAT: Bridging Art + Text
Curatorial Concept: Michelle Eistrup

Visual Editor: Michelle Eistrup
Text Editor: Annemari Brogaard Clausen
Advising Editors: Anders Juhl and Temi Odumosu
Graphic Design: Michelle Eistrup and Daniel Siim
Graphic Layout:Daniel Siim
Producer: Anders Juhl
Technical Consultant: Sandra Stauersbøll Ribjerg
Proof Reader: Yvette Brackman
Printed by: Printon Trükikoda
Fonts: Calluna and Calluna Sans by exljbris, Separat by Or Type
Printed on: Arctic Volume White
ISBN 978-87-7669-199-8

Supported by
Danish Arts Foundation
Danish Art Council
The Karen Blixen Museum

Independent contributors in order of appearance
Michelle Eistrup, Temi Odumosu, Ery Cámara, Charl Landvreugd, Ebony G. Patterson, Nicholas Laughlin, Bárbaro Martìnez-Ruìz, Kenneth Dossar, Joseph Adandé, Mr. Dohinnon Mahounon Ayenima, Marika Seidler, C. Daniel Dawson, Robert Farris Thompson.

Pia Arke, Naja Dyrendom Graugaard, Yvette Brackman, Mathias Kryger, Helene Lundbye Petersen, Christopher Cozier, Monique Meloche, Nicholas Laughlin, Patricia Kaersenhout, RuNett Nia Ebo, Ralph Ellison, Gillion Grantsaan, Carlos Moore.

Sasha Huber, Hans Fässler, Maria Helena P. T. Machado, Jeff Mahuika, Britt Kramvig, Jeannette Ehlers, Kristian Handberg, Patricia Kaersenhout, Mawuna Remarque Koutonin, Noufel Bouzeboudja, Yo-Yo Gonthier, Marie Guéret, Francoise Vergès, Søren Assenholt, Sanne Flyvbjerg, James Muriuki, Syowia Kyambi, Sasha Dees, Anders Juhl, Ato Malinda, Stefan Saffer,Dudley Joseph Thompson, Catherine Lefebvre.