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Cité Europe
Marte Aas

The Cité Europe shopping center is located next to the French terminal of the Channel Tunnel between France and the UK, outside the city of Calais. In the film Cité Europe we are guided through the outskirts of the shopping mall; the desolate backsides and the hidden corners of the architecture. The security situation in the area connected to immigration have changed the landscape and created a new geography. Forests have been removed or fenced in and artificial lakes have been constructed in an attempt to keep the boundary zone that the tunnel represents under control. Thus, the shopping mall, tunnel terminal and the surrounding landscape produces social exclusion; fences, walls, barriers and security guards contribute to exclude some people and include others.

Aspect ratio 1.37:1 (Academy)
Prod. format 16mm
Duration 00:12:34
Language French
Year 2016
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About the artist

Marte Aas

Marte Aas (b. 1966, NO) is a photographer and film maker based in Oslo. Aas’ main area of interest is the intersection between contemporary image culture, history, technology and the landscape. Her work attempts to address underlying structures and gestures that form political and ideological narratives. The different subjects of interest manifest in the form of films, photographs and installations, folding them into non-linear and layered narratives.

The starting point for her works is often a story present in contemporary or historical material, which is being processed through research into different formats and media, although strongly grounded in a photographic practice. Photography’s material aspects, the connection between sign and signifier, and the representational aspects of photography is thus also investigated and processed in her art.

Aas is educated at The School of Photography at The University of Gothenburg the National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. Her films and art works have been shown in film festivals and exhibitions such as The film Society Lincoln Center and Anthology Film Archive, New York and EMAF, Osnabrueck as well as The National Museum of Art, Oslo, Henie Onstad kunstsenter, Kunstnernes hus, Oslo, Kiasma, Helsinki and Photographic Center, Copenhagen.