This exhibition addresses the immediate impact of Border Regimes today. Usually excluded narratives are revealed while focusing on specific flashpoints: The growing barriers of Europe, the border between the USA and Mexico and the militarized eco-system of the Jordan River. As the contexts may be different, the issues and agendas of repression are often similar. Can border phenomena be examined as part of a larger neoliberal agenda implemented through a war of images, habituating us to increasingly violent realities? Artists familiar with different border contexts are invited to create and to present work at the nGbK.
The idea of ‘The Border’ transcends physical and geographic locations; while it is expressed tangibly in the actual fences and barriers that permit certain bodies and economic cargo to move through freely and at the same time retaining the majority of equally human ‘Others,’ it is also a metaphor for the barriers constructed and introjected by individuals due to these constructs.
We are examining the multiple complexities of the border from an artistic vantage point that makes use of the spatial, architectural and natural features active at today’s borders: the fences, watchtowers, tunnels, bridges as well as the oceans and deserts as places and spaces where the border takes on a tangible format, focussing on two regions: where Fortress Europe defends itself against confrontation with its colonialist past and Tijuana/San Diego - where unresolved conflicts between North and South must be re-viewed in terms of “Post Socialism”.
These markers are signposts and points of departures for artistic research and practices dedicated to working with the metaphorical potential of the technology and imagery of civil engineering, architecture and geography to disassemble the different layers of visibility and invisibility at play at the border.