PRAKSIS Internet Projects07/01/2017
|PRAKSIS, the not-for-profit Oslo-based international artists’ residency programme co-founded by Nicholas John Jones and Rachel Withers, is celebrating the confirmation of 2017-18 funding from Kulturrådet, the Arts Council of Norway, and has just launched two new platforms designed to broaden access to residents’ work: Internet Projects and PRAKSIS Editions
PRAKSIS Internet Projects launches with Larry Achiampong and David Blandy’s compelling new film Finding Fanon Gaiden: Delete, developed by Achiampong and Blandy during PRAKSIS’s first residency in spring 2016, in collaboration with Mennesker i Limbo, a self-organised group of Oslo-based paperless migrants. The work reflects the real experiences of members of the group, all of whom have lived without papers – without official identity or rights – for many years.
Finding Fanon Gaiden: Delete uses the in-game environment of Grand Theft Auto V – a programme that has been condemned by some as violent, sexist and racist – as an unexpected medium to unfold a tapestry of true stories of identity, migration, conflict and survival. Stripping the game of weapons, Achiampong and Blandy create an uncanny digital world that speaks of the extreme, often hidden situations of people ‘in limbo’, without papers or rights, far from home. Narrating the protagonists’ past journeys, present situation and future hopes, Finding Fanon Gaiden: Delete addresses the complex politics surrounding paperless refugees, and highlights the vulnerability and humanity of the people at the core of this complicated and sensitive issue.
Complementing this work, PRAKSIS Editions’ first edition is Achiampong and Blandy’s Finding Fanon Gaiden: Delete (Sara’s Story), 2016, an edition of 75 signed archive-quality digital prints. Available at a special launch price until January 31 2017, 25% of all profits will be donated to Mennesker I Limbo, and the remainder will be used to support PRAKSIS’s 2017 programme.
More information is available at http://www.praksisoslo.org/online/