Between Land and Sea in Bremen

This event is part of
Between Land and Sea
BLAS Festival
14—20 November 2022,
Kleines Haus, Bremen

Transnational Festival on Climate, Migration and Labour. Counter-maps and Narratives from the Coast

Between Land and Sea“ is an artistic and political program in and focused on Bremen, Palermo and Tunis. A look along coast­lines and global travel and supply chains. Following events in Palermo (2021) and Tunis (2022), Theater Bremen will present performances, dance, an exhibition, videos, documentaries and feature films, as well as workshops and debates in cooperation with local partners from November 14 to 20, 2022. A coastline, a border between land and sea, can either frame a piece of land or a sea, depending on the direction of view. Accordingly, it connects Palermo rather with Bremen or with Tunis. Depending on the perspective, port cities are either gateways to the world or bottlenecks. Migration and commodity flows are shaped or disrupted by border regimes, sanctions, pandemics, blocked ports, transverse cargo ships or striking workers. „Between Land and Sea“ gathers international artists and activists and asks how the struggles for a fair economy, migration and climate justice can be connected.

“The Last Fishermen” exhibition opening: among many initiatives, wednesday, November 16, Francesco Bellina will present his work at Kleines Haus. It investigates the decay of small-scale fisheries and port communities through human stories that reveal the localised economic scarcity of globalisation, exploitation, and the connection between three seemingly remote places: Sicily, Tunisia and Ghana. In the last two decades, the work of fishermen across the world has become increasingly difficult and precarious. Working lengthy hours at unthankful times, often in dangerous conditions, they yield less and less catch. The influence of global warming on delicate ecosystems together with large-scale industrial fishing practices have emptied the oceans, impoverishing both fishermen and the environment. While these are global phenomena, their consequences are highly localised and can be observed in various port cities in Europe, Africa and beyond. Weaving the single stories of fishermen into a transnational map, the Sicilian photographer Francesco Bellina, together with the investigative journalist and filmmaker Stefano Liberti, explores the trade routes and systems which govern the sea, thus offering a novel view on Mediterranean cultural heritage and its current place within global networks.

In collaboration with Studio Rizoma Palermo, Dream City Biennale Tunis, European Alternatives Berlin. In collaboration with Übersee-Museum Bremen, City46 municipal cinema, Heinrich Böll Foundation Bremen and HfK Bremen. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the European Union.

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