Border Control Exhibition: Traversing Horizons in Media Practice

Rick Silva, Western Fronts, 2019. Video still (detail).


September 20–November 10, 2019
Opening: September 20, 6–8pm

Stamps Gallery and New Media Caucus present Border Control: Traversing Horizons in Media Practice, on view September 20–November 10, 2019 at Stamps Gallery in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Artists: Annabel Castro, Mahwish Chisty, 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.

Curated by: Allison Collins in collaboration with Carrie Edinger and Srimoyee Mitra and 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. 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.

Opening weekend events:
Friday, September 20, 2019, 6–8pm
Exhibition opening reception: Border Control: Traversing Horizons in Media Practice

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 1–2pm
Curatorial tour of Border Control: Traversing Horizons in Media Practice

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 10:45am–12:15pm
Panel discussion: Digital Detroit: On Borders & Activism

Exhibition Planning Committee:

Chair: Jennifer Zaylea, NMC Board Member & Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of the Arts
Members: Srimoyee Mitra, Director, Stamps Gallery; Carrie Ida Edinger, Independent Artist