On Gotland, the group met some current asylum seekers and heard their story. A film crew followed the participants’ thoughts and experience and the result of the project is a film documentation. The project has also had several public presentations, including art exhibitions and film screenings in all the participating countries.
The aim of the project was not intended to only commemorate the past, but also to promote a deeper understanding of the current refugee situation. Not long ago was the Baltic Sea divided by the EU border, and the project also aimed at creating more co-operation within the Baltic Sea Region.
Part of the exhibition “Stories of Migration – then and now” at the Museum of Occupations in Estonia. Photo courtesy the Holmert Archive.
View the trailer from the film that documented the project:
Participants Agnė Vaiciukevičiūtė, LT. Andrei Ossipov, EE. Anete Skuja, LV. Astrid Åkerblom, SE. Edward Lundberg, SE. Johan Holmert, SE. Jonas Haraldsson, SE. Kipras Černiauskas, LT. Kätlin Kulbin, EE. Manfred Engström, SE. Patrīcija Keiša, LV. Zaimon Sharr, SE.
Photography David Holmert m.fl, SE. Pilan Ibrahim, SY
Organized by BAC- Baltic Art Center. Conceptualized by Anna Viktoria Norberg. Project leader and research: Liene Vecvagare and Anete Jansone. Film-maker: Sandra Fröberg. Workshop by BAC Production-in-Residence artist: Åsa Sonjasdotter.
Thanks to Angelica Blomhage, Anna Olofsdotter-Engström, Anne Duse, Armin Scholler, August Hermansson, Aydin Akyne, Ayman Siddiqui, Clary Winberg, Daniel Teklay, Emma Gustavsson, Finn Engström, Gunnar Sillén, Lena och Ellen Holmert, Liina Kümnik, Liene Jurgelane, Liz Cox, Katja Wiklund, Kerstin Blomberg, Kerstin Nyberg, Mait Juhlin, Margit Söderberg, Marie Jansons, Mickael Lundgren, Paola Ciliberto, Peteris och Inga Jansons, Petra Inna Ininberga, Petra Gråberg, Riina Noodapera, Torbjörn Limé, Ville Jegerhjelm, Vladas Suncovas, Ylva Liljeholm, Åsa Ardin-Kedja
International Partnership Kaņepes Culture Centre (Kaņepes Kultūras centrs), Riga, Latvia, The Estonian Academy of Arts, Kirtimai Culture Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania, The Museum of Occupations in Estonia, The Swedish Embassy in Tallinn, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Monumental Arts program, Lithuania.
Local Partnership Cementa Slite Fabriken, Film Gotland, Fenix ungkulturhus, Fårö Församlingshem, Gotland Art Week, Gotlands Folkhögskola, Gutegymnasiet, Holmerts bildarkiv, iVisby, Joda Stora Salen, Lärbro Krigssjukhus, Pedersén & Co, Slite Sjöfartsmuseum, Slite utveckling.
Support The project was financed by the Swedish Institute.