VIMA

2012

Installation. Scrap metal from Norwegian/ Russian trawler VIMA.

Ship remains of Norwegian/ Russian trawler VIMA form a monumental sculpture right outside the entrance of Bergen Kunsthall. The trawler was built in 1977 and first registered with Bergen as its home port. After several changes in ownership and name, in 2001 it was sold to Russian owners under the name VIMA. When the trawler was sent to the breakers outside Trondheim in 2011, it had been under arrest in Kirkenes since 2004, and had incurred such large fines that it was no longer profitable to operate. The story of VIMA shows how an economic logic can mean that a trawler is not seaworthy, while the ship itself could have been repaired for further use.

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Skipsrester fra den norsk/ russiske tråleren VIMA danner en monumental skulptur rett utenfor inngangen til Bergen Kunsthall. Tråleren ble bygget i 1977 og først registrert med hjemhavn i Bergen. Etter flere eierskifter og navnebytter ble skipet i 2001 solgt til russiske eiere under navnet VIMA. Da den ble sendt til hugging utenfor Trondheim i 2011 hadde den ligget i arrest i Kirkenes siden 2004 og pådratt seg så store bøter at det ikke lenger lønnet seg å drifte den. Historien om VIMA viser hvordan en økonomisk logikk gjør at tråleren ikke er havdyktig, mens skipet i seg selv kunne vært satt i stand for videre bruk.

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Vima installation

Vima installation, Byparken

Vima breaking 1

Vima breaking 2

Vima breaking 3

VIMA Ph Reidar Klungsøyr

VIMA Ph Roar Jensen

VIMA Ph Aage Skjølberg

VIMA Ph Peter Kjellson