Click here for the official trailer of Broosistan, shot in Venice.
In times when countries try to become as small as possible, artists Schellekens and Peleman have invented a nifty fold out model, with adjustable borders and the greenest grass in the universe. Broosistan wanders the world as the ultimate example of the modern state: microscopically small and removable at any time.
Broosistan is the promised land of the future and offers a solution to the big and small problems every country has to deal with at one point or another. The artists-inventors went in search of a durable interpretation of grand themes like safety, mobility, prosperity, environment, overpopulation and this has resulted in Broosistan. This country has no official inhabitants and only consists of visitors and a few voluntary border guards, but when leaving the green pastures of Broosistan it will seem as if one is leaving his home.
The country is stuffed with culture, as Schellekens and Peleman collaborate in each hosting country Broosistan calls at with local established and upcoming artists who form the backbone of Broosistan.
Broosistan folds up and moves as soon as problems arise. So, the bottom line is that Broosistan is an irony, it offers no solution to the problem of mobility, climate change and safety, on the contrary it flees them by disappearing. By doing away with inhabitants it holds off the advancing poverty, unemployment and a number of demographic obstacles. This simple solution symbolizes the short-term thinking that is thriving nowadays. The smallest country in the world is the artistic reaction to this short-term thinking.
Moreover, the interventionist work of art art event has a poetical message. Schellekens and Peleman want to enable people to voice their ideas on which direction countries and society should take. This tiny piece of temporary land is a place that invites us to reflect on today’s interpretation of a state, a nation. There are questions galore. What defines a country, a people? How does one organize a society? What is the function of a state, what is the significance of state borders, what is the role of art, etc.
Conclusion: the grass only appears to be greener, probably because it is artificial. What remains is a lovely piece of art.