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Apostlahästar på Gotland

Apostlahästar på Gotland is an art project by Spanish artist Juanma González, that invites you to walk together with a diverse group of people July 17th- August 8th. Like a pilgrimage, Apostlahästar på Gotland, uses the medieval churches of Gotland as landmarks along the way. The pilgrims will use the social capital of the island: hospitality – sleeping in barns, trade – providing food from local farmers and fishermen and community – meeting people on the way.

The route will start at an old watchtower in the south of Gotland, by Sundre Kyrka. Going north, the pilgrimage will pass by and connect medieval churches, farms occupied since ancient time, beaches, artist studios, eco villages, seaports, museums and archaeological remains. The last stage of the route will be accomplished under full moon with the Fårö lighthouse as destination by sunrise August 8th.

‘Pilgrim’ stems from the Latin peregrinus, which originally meant foreigner, wanderer, exile, and traveller, as well as newcomer and stranger. The participants of Apostlahästar på Gotland will discover the
island beyond the conventional tourist perspective through the temporary role of the pilgrim. By wandering through the cultural heritage and natural environment of Gotland they will explore the past of the island to understand our present and visualize our future.

Pilgrims Juanma González (SPA) artist, Peter Lüttge (FIN) arts editor YLE radio, Åsa Lie (SWE) artist, Igor Polskiy (RUS) anthropologist, Dorothee Schulte-Basta (GER) speaker for social-politics at the Heinrich-Böll Foundation Germany, Anne Sofie Scherrerrebeck (SPA) Philologist, Simon Gorm Andersen (DAN) artist, Among others.

Juanma González is a Spanish artist currently working and living inStockholm. He graduated at Kungliga Konsthögskolan in Stockholm 2016. Through the Brucebo grant and the AIR_BALTIC residency at BAC he has been able to develop his work on pilgrimage as a framework where he can join his Catholic background, the exploration of old sacred traces and the creation of new rites and social communities. Recent exhibitions and projects include: "A Pilgrim’s Way on Gotland" (2016), AIR_BALTIC residency BAC, “Öns Röst” at Frösö kyrka (2016) and “Vi är här “(2015) Galleri Mejan, Stockholm.

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Support

Region Gotland

Part of the AIR_BALTIC program at BAC, which is realized with support from Nordic Culture Point in the framework of Nordic Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture during 2016-2017.

Partners

Brucebo Stiftelsen
Hushållningssällskapet på Gotland
Stavgard
Suderbys Ecovillage
Svenska Kyrkan

Links

Read more about the project and find out where the pilgrims are.

Juanma González

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