Northern countries have always been at the junction of reality and fairytales – it is sometimes difficult to separate them. “Borderline State” is a 30 page experimental comic about a journey through real and mythological northern countries and continents. This comic isn’t an attempt to narrate a logical and clear story; it’s a surrealistic and slightly insane view of the Russian and Norwegian north. The comic connects contemporary scenes and author’s impressions of visiting Kirkenes in November 2015 with maps of imaginary kingdoms, intricate schemes, different instructions and ordinary people’s personal memories.
The project was created for Barents Spektakel 2016, 10-14 February 2016, Kirkenes/Norway, Nikel/Russia.
Exhibition at Sør-Varanger library, Kirkenes/Norway.
Barents Spektakel 2016, 10/02 - 14/02.