BuIldIng / BurnIng BrIdges

Curated by PUPS
Part of HOP Projects CT20 2019 Curatorial Residency Programme

Exhibition Opening: Friday 25 October 2019, 6-8PM

A continuous renewal of communication. An endless cycle, it seems, of destruction feeding the
growth. The Ouroboros can be a functional model only in a complex fine-tuned ecosystem, where
consumption has been adjusted to the level of production through countless errors and trials, as
well as fail-safe mechanisms.

It seems to be a counterproductive endeavour for a visiting curator to put on a show that ignores
the location. Yet the challenge and the intention would be to make Folkestone a lens rather than a
focal point of a project. The project places Folkestone’s position and context within a complex
networked narrative that touches upon themes of borders, building walls, bridges, commerce,
transport, migration, capitalism, overconsumption and ecology.

Superimposing historical layers gives us a complex, fluctuating image of Folkestone Harbour. Early
presence of Romans kick-starts the polarised relationship between Albion and Europa. Then the
expansion of the harbour as a defence point against the French. It seems that the growth has been
both fed, and slumped by the fragile and the ever changing relationship with the opposite coast.
The creation of the channel tunnel, a mere 8 miles away, on a larger scale was a step towards a
better connection with the neighbouring countries; however, locally, it prompted the removal of the
ferry line. How do all these temporal layers connect with the present and most importantly the
future. It is quite hard to imagine that the UK can grow by becoming a more independent country,
an island. Or that UK, EU and the rest of the world can deal with the challenges that the future
holds for us, as separate entities.

Maybe I’m looking at this from a wrong angle, maybe it is not a succession of phases: hostile vs
amicable, but a continual and simultaneous push and pull. Building and burning the bridges.
Chewing on that hand that feeds, as long as it is regenerating at the same pace.
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Artists:
Mira Albrecht, Andre Benes, Joff Insole, Mark Millsted, Admire Ncube, Matt Rowe, Edward Sanders