Launch Publication Launch of Jahresring #65 on Fogo Island Arts

Jahresring 65 © Sternberg Press/Kulturkreis, Photo: Bent René Synnevåg

Sat, 04/06/2019

Goethe-Institut Montreal

1626 boul. St-Laurent
Bureau 100
H2X 2T1 Montréal

In conversation: Nicolaus Schafhausen (Strategic Director, Fogo Island Arts,) Fabrizio Gallanti, (architecture critic and curator), Chantal Pontbriand (curator and art critic).

Join us to celebrate the Montreal launch of the German publication JahresringWhat do we know? What do we have? What do we miss? What do we love? The internationally recognized and dynamic Fogo Island Arts, renowned for its artist residency programs for contemporary art, is the focus of this 65th edition, co-edited by Brigitte Oetker and Nicolaus Schafhausen of Fogo Island Arts.

Place-based projects around the world are drawing increasing attention to the important role art, design, and economics play in the development and re-development of the so-called periphery. This publication asks the question: how plausible and effective are these ventures? 

This year’s Jahresring is locally specific: Fogo Island, an island of approximately 2,500 inhabitants located off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. A centuries-old cod fishing settlement, the community’s livelihood was nearly decimated in the mid-twentieth century due to industrial overfishing. The island is now experiencing profound social, economic, and cultural transformation, due in part to a recent series of initiatives in art, social business, and asset-based community development. Today Fogo Island stands as an example of the potential, but also the contradictions, of contemporary alliances between art, design, and social entrepreneurship.

The Jahresring is an annual publication series on contemporary culture founded in 1954 to serve as a gathering point of creative and critical forces. It is one of the longest-running annuals for contemporary art and literature in Germany. Alternating guest editors—curators, artists, scientists—are invited to reflect on and stimulate debate on current tendencies and issues in art and society. 

What do we know? What do we have? What do we miss? What do we love? includes critical texts by Fabrizio Gallanti, Bruce Mau, Alexandra McIntosh, Chantal Pontbriand, Nicolaus Schafhausen and Monika Szewczyk; conversations between Zita Cobb and Liam Gillick; Brigitte Oetker and Helke Bayrle and Thomas Bayrle; Silke Otto-Knapp and Janice Kerbel; Willem de Rooij and Kitty Scott; Todd Saunders and Roger Bundschuh.

The publication will be on sale at the launch.

About Fogo Island Arts
Fogo Island Arts (FIA) is a residency-based contemporary art venue in Newfoundland for artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, curators, designers, and thinkers from around the world. Since 2008, FIA has brought some of the most exciting emerging and renowned artists of today to Fogo Island to take part in residencies and to present solo exhibitions at the Fogo Island Gallery.