FOUR EDGES OF PYRAMIDEN

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Everybody who has ever been to Pyramiden has had a glimpse of a secret nobody else has an idea about. "It impresses you, it shows up in your dreams a lot," "Here you lose your fear of people", "While you are here, the rest of the world is put on hold" – that's what they say.

The ex-Soviet mining town Pyramiden on the archipelago of Svalbard was deserted in 1998, leaving behind a library full of books, a culture center, and a grand piano that must be the northernmost in the world. Historically a no-man's land, or, to be more precise, everyone's/anyone's land, it has been used commercially for its natural resources, i.e. coal and other minerals. Due to the accessibility of the place it has become a favorite for researchers from all over the world. In video "Four Edges of Pyramiden" four pyramidians share stories, both sentimental and humorous, about their desire to go "to the end of the world.

Ieva Epnere

Ieva Epnere (b. 1977) lives and works in Riga, Latvia. Her recent solo shows include Pyramiden and other stories, in Zacheta Project Room, Warsaw, Poland (2015); A No-Man's Land, An Everyman's Land in the Contemporary Art Centre, Riga and Liepaja Museum, Liepaja, Latvia (2015); Waiting Room, in Contretype, Brussels (2015); Galerie des Hospices, in Canet-en-Roussillon, France (2014). Group exhibitions include Contemporary Landscape, in Art Festival Cēsis 2016, Latvia (2016) and; 62nd International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany (2016); Identity: Behind the Curtain of Uncertainty, in the National Art Museum of Ukraine (2016); Something eerie, in Signal – Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden (2016); BRUXELLES à l'infini in the, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles à Paris, France (2016); SALON DERANGST, in Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2013). Epnere is a Fall 2016 resident at the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York.