First in Chinese, then in English and 250 words for media
我的名字叫杨∙欧贝里（Jan Oberg）, 是一位来自丹麦的和平研究学者，也是一名摄影师。
2018年秋至2019年春，我将沿着中国的古丝绸之路和新丝绸之路（ “一带一路”）旅行， 目的在于:
这个艺术展由欧洲艺术中心（European Cultural Center）举办，是全球知名的（第58届）威尼斯国际艺术双年展的一部分。
威尼斯的双年展被行家誉为世界上最重大的实验性现代艺术活动。 在每次的双年展中， 来自中国的作品在数量和质量上都引人注目。
在中国期间，我希望拍摄很多不同的人和地方， 用照片来传达多样化、有魅力和振奋人心的中国印象和”一带一路”的思想。 我的参展作品同时包含其他一些丝绸之路国家的印象——缅甸，、哈萨克斯坦、 伊朗、叙利亚、索马里和威尼斯市，但中国印象将会是一个独立的至关重要的篇章。
Jan Oberg 简介
In 2017 Jan Oberg, Oberg PhotoGraphics, was invited by the Global Art Affairs (GAA) Foundation and the European Cultural Center to exhibit at Palazzo Mora in Venice in the context of the Biennale 2019, from May 11 to November 24, 2019.
This exciting opportunity stimulated the development of a bigger idea that combines Oberg’s work for peace and art photography with a focus on the Chinese-initiated Silk Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the largest and most visionary in today’s world in terms of linking people and cultures into cooperation rather than confrontation.
In various ways the project – with the Road as metaphor – stretches from China over Myanmar, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Iran and Syria to Venice and seeks to promote cooperation and peace in the process.
We hope this intro will stimulate you to share co-operative ideas, contacts you may have in China and along the Silk Road or to potential partners, artists, sponsors, art institutions, etc.
Summary in 7 elements
1. To stay at one place and travel around China for some time and then travel along the Silk Road.
2. Make use of selected existing archived materials such as photos I’ve taken in China 1983, Myanmar, Somalia and Somaliland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Aleppo in Syria and Venice which are all situated on the:
3. Old Silk Road and on the new Silk Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) that China initiated and which my work will evolve around, and:
4. Combining some of the old photos with new ones and various other materials and artefacts into a completely new multimedia creation (one big or several smaller related to each other), and:
5. Exhibiting it all at Palazzo Mora, Venice, in 2019 in the context of the Biennale (May 11-Nov 24) and documenting the process on Instagram, my blog and perhaps also, later, in a book.
6. The project seeks to explore relations between art, the emerging new world order, and history in the future as well as the interactions of cultures, people and expressions, and finally:
7. It will build synergy between my two ‘lives’ as academic peace & future researcher and art photographer.
For media – short [250 words]
SPAR – Silk Peace Art Road – is a peace and art photography project conducted by Jan Oberg in 2018-19 and beyond. It involves the use of his old and new photos from China 1983, Myanmar, Somalia and Somaliland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Aleppo in Syria and Venice as well as new ones that will be shot in China and along the new China-initiated Silk Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
During the process and travels, Oberg will interact with local artists as well as art and other institutions and systematically promote mutual understanding and peace through art production, dialogues and cooperation. In addition he will collect artefacts along the Silk Road which will combine with the photos into a large three dimensional installation.
The results of this endeavour will be exhibited in Venice in the context of the world’s probably still most important art venue, the Venice Biennale in 2019. Oberg has been invited by the Global Art Affairs (GAA) Foundation and the European Cultural Centre which arrange the huge multi-dimensional and multi-national exhibition “Personal Structures – Open Borders” at Palazzo Mora and Palazzo Bembo during the Biennale’s duration. It opens on May 11 and closes on November 24. The exhibition is likely to have at least 300.000 visitors from all over the world.
It is our hope that Oberg’s installation and elements of it will be shown at other places and spark off new processes and events around the world beyond Venice.
Contact: Jan Oberg, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 738 52 52 00