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"Danger" (mother and unborn son travel from Argentina to Europe)

In de Spaanse regio Murcia is dit weekend de achtste editie van Manifesta, de Europese biënnale voor hedendaagse kunst, van start gegaan. Verschillende kunstenaars grijpen de plek van het gebeuren, op de breuklijn tussen Europa en Noord-Afrika, aan om in hun werk thema’s te laten binnensijpelen als migratie, vluchtelingen, transnationalisme en de uitbreiding/afsluiting van Europa. Ook het Spaans/Argentijnse kunstenaarsduo Marcelo Expósito en Verónica Iglesia doet dit, met werk dat de link legt tussen de genoemde thema’s en de controlemaatschappij en veiligheidsarchitectuur waar we allemaal mee te maken krijgen. In een uitgebreide tekst leggen ze uit waarom ze dit doen.

“In November 2009, we received a message in Buenos Aires from the Chamber of Public Secrets (CPS), an artists/curators collective inviting us to participate in the European Biennial of Contemporary Art Manifesta 8, which was to take place in the Murcia Region in Spain in late 2010. Specifically, we were commissioned to carry out an artistic intervention in an archetypal segregated, protected space: a jail.
We – Marcelo Expósito and Verónica Iglesia – countered with a proposal for a broader project, which would focus on various contemporary typologies of spatial segregation, border division, and control of the movement of people, based on the overlapping of different security logics. In this counterproposal, our intervention in Murcia jail – in the form of a photography workshop which would, as proposed, involve the participation of a mixed group of male and female inmates – would be just one element in a larger ensemble. And while it would be autonomous as a stand-alone, collective project, its results would be exhibited afterwards in juxtaposition with other components of a more wide-ranging photo-text project.
In terms of deciding how to approach the issue of the scope and articulation of security logics today, and their implementation in new forms of spatial division and border systems, we wanted our project to avoid lapsing into the distant and objectivising analysis of an external point of view that issues criticism from an unsullied position. Would it not be impossible – we asked ourselves – to deal with contemporary geographic segregation and the way in which it crystallises new forms of social fragmentation and brings about new forms of control over the mobility of populations, without foregrounding or examining our own experience as subjects who are also shaped and pierced by these dynamics?”

De volledige tekst voor het “Country Europa” project kan je lezen op de website van Brian Holmes:
Barb Wired. Networkers in the Control Society.

Gated Communities ("Countries") in Argentina

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