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Border Control: Traversing Horizons in Media Practice

Rick Silva, <em>Western Fronts,</em> 2019, video still
Rick Silva, Western Fronts, 2019, video still 
When

September 20 – November 10, 2019

Where

In-person Event

Stamps Gallery
201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Map/Directions
Hours/Access

Details

Exhibition
Open to the public
Free of charge

Curated by Allison Collins in collaboration with Carrie Edinger and Srimoyee Mitra.
Presented in partnership with the New Media Caucus.

Human migration is a defining issue of the 21st century, often calling into question the relevance, role, and responsibilities of national borders across the globe. As individuals seek refuge from geopolitical and environmental forces, we become an increasingly globalized community. Demarcations of all types are simultaneously porous and closed, defensive and receptive, and seen in almost every facet of our existence. Border Control responds to these conditions with an open-ended question, asking: How has humanity made sense of the world in relation to borders and boundaries, both physically and psychologically?” While positioned within (or outside of) defined spaces and identities, human refusal of such literal definitions is paramount. Even while lines drawn have important consequences for lived reality, the winds, currents, and natural energies of the Earth deny enclosures and definitions that politics and maps might suggest.

Drawn from practices that are touched or driven by new media, Border Control assembles works by artists who consider geographical contexts, patterns of migration, displacement, and statelessness. Collectively, they offer projects with subterfuge, refusal, and reconsideration of imposed state-sanctioned boundaries.

Artists: Annabel Castro, Mahwish Chishty, Lyn Goeringer, Ryan Griffis & Sarah Ross, Kate Hollenbach, Carrie Hott, X.A. Li, Rebekah Modrak, Abhishek Narula, Joel Ong, Jon Packles, Aislinn E. Pentecost-Farren, Susan Rochester, José Carlos Teixeira, Alex Turner, and Sabato Visconti.

Short films by: Nadav Assor, Anxious to Make (Liat Berdugo + Emily Martinez), Yaminay Chaudhri, Andrew Demirjian, José Guadalupe Garza & Miriam Ruíz, and Rick Silva.

Image: Rick Silva, Western Fronts, 2019, video still

Media


Stamps Gallery

201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Map/Directions

Hours
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Stamps Gallery will close at 4pm Thursday April 7, 2022 for a private event. The gallery will re-open to the public at 11am Friday April 8, 2022.