"OPEN BORDERS" and WHY WE MUST PROMOTE THEM
The are places that can be used as symbols of what "open borders" mean.
They are, geographically, places that are situated on the border of two states or even whole regions that were the ball of a historical ping-pong between states, regions that were members of one state at a certain period and of another at other times, when war developments and peace treaties necessities separated and redifined them.
So, these cities or regions are forced by their own tradition to develop an open identity; their borders are flexible and not fixed geographically or historically.
But there is another meaning, one of mental representation: a border between mental activities that are supposed to be separated instead of being fluidly defined as different points of one and same line, that of thought and creativity.
And then there is a political-cultural meaning, especially now when some EU member states want to reintroduce border controls in the Schengen area and when culture is the first victim of the international recession everywhere.
There is, therefore, real urgency to insist on opening borders in all those dimensions and to fight against closures.
All those dimensions are to be found both in our WICCAN project and in our first exhibition project's theme as follows:
- Geography and history: the town of Muggia, our first exhibition venue, on the border of Italy and Slovenia.
- Philosophy and theory: an exhibition conceived to present traditional visual artists but also poets, philosophers, musicians, composers etc..
- Politics and culture: the mission and even the existence itself of WICCAN who aims to open, connect and place trust at the centre of the cultural and political arena and to fight against closing, isolating, standing alone and frozen in fear.
Open borders, open minds, open hearts, open creativity, open thought and open communication.
Come to meet us.
We are a group of independent cultural activists and artists residing in different European countries and we believe that hope is the basic message of any cultural activity.
Come and hope with us.
Come and act with us.
Come and enjoy life and creativity with us.
Finally, come and forget for a bit all finitude and separation in our so short (alas!) lives...