Jun
25
Sep
-25
Date:  25 June 2011 10:00 - 25 September 2011 23:30
Location: Folkstone
Category:  Exhibition

A K Dolven at Folkestone Triennial

Dolven’s installation at the Folkestone Seafront features a 16th-century tenor bell from Scraptoft Church in Leicestershire.
Photo: Thierry Bal Dolven’s installation at the Folkestone Seafront features a 16th-century tenor bell from Scraptoft Church in Leicestershire. Photo: Thierry Bal

Nineteen international artists, including establish Norwegian artist A K Dolven, have been commissioned to create new works for the Folkestone Triennial 2011, which will take place from 25 June – 25 September.

Dolven’s installation features a 16th-century tenor bell from Scraptoft Church in Leicestershire, which had been removed for not being in tune with the others. It will be suspended from a steel cable strung between two 20m high steel beams, placed 30m apart. The bell can be rung by visitors using a traditional rope bell-pull. The installation can be seen at Folkestone Seafront, opposite The Leas Lift, CT20 1PX.

Having lived in Berlin, and more recently London, Anne Katrine Dolven has over the past years established herself as one of Norway's most sought after contemporary artists. She has had a number of major solo exhibitions with significant international institutions and received awards for her work, one of these being the Fred Thieler-award. Dolven has also been important to the Norwegian arts scene, active both as an artist and politically.

The Folkestone Triennial is one of the most ambitious public art projects ever to be presented in the UK. The selected artists have been invited to develop new works for Folkestone’s streets, squares, beaches and historic buildings to create a cutting-edge contemporary art exhibition in the public domain. Andrea Schlieker conceived and curated the inaugural exhibition in 2008 and will direct the second Folkestone Triennial, A Million Miles From Home, in the summer of 2011.

The 2011 Triennial aims to bring the wider world to Folkestone, while highlighting its status as a gateway to and from Europe and its isolation on the edge of Britain. The focus will be on social and political issues, particularly those arising from migration and exile, colonialism and its aftermath, and questions of place and language. The selected artists either live or have biographical background in countries as diverse as Algeria, Morocco, Kosovo, Israel, Egypt, Guyana, India and Brazil, as well as Denmark, Spain, Germany, the US and the UK. They will bring their stories and experiences to
Folkestone, finding elements of shared ground and connecting threads.

Folkestone Triennial
25 June - 25 September
Visitor Centre: 56-58 The Old High Street,
Folkestone, Kent, CT20 IRL

 

A K Dolven's installation in Folkestone. Photo: Thierry Bal


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