2016, another year of turmoil on the Old Continent’s frontiers… Here is a visual summary of what happened.
Schengen (still) in crisis: internal borders across the EU reinstated
The closing of the Balkan route: migrants stranded in Greece
Nato new mandate: refugees? Alliance vessels in the Mediterranean
Schengen under further strain: tighter border security after Brussels attacks
First refugees under EU-Turkey deal land in Germany
Bad omen: Schengen European Museum ceiling collapse
Brexit dixit: harder borders in the UK?
The Great Wall of Calais: work on the latest European barrier begins …
Frontex redux: The new European Border and Coast Guard launched
Calais’ Jungle is no more…
Migrant deaths in the Mediterranean at a record high
Posted by schengenizer on January 5, 2017
Undoubtedly this has been an annus horribilis for European borders. Here are some visual highlights of the last 12 months…
The Other Exodus: Kosovars heading North
Sunk: the deadliest drowning in the Mediterranean (so far)
Calais’ waves: migrants try to enter the Eurotunnel
All along the watchtower: Poland proposes border posts around Kalingrad
Born to be wild: Pro-Putin bikers stopped at Polish border
Terra nullius: migrants stranded at Italy-France border
Greek tragedies: migrants landing in Lesbos
No (Of)fence: migrants making their way trough Serbia-Hungary border
Tripping: foul play at the Hungarian border
The long march: migrants heading to Austria
Guardian Angel(a): Germany opens the doors to migrants
Suspended! Schengen area under pressure after Paris attacks
Øresund blues: Sweden closes its border with Denmark
European borders in 2016?
Posted by schengenizer on December 31, 2015
Here is the seventh instalment of Schengen border art, an ongoing project in which I map the multifarious ways in which the Old Continent’ (real and imaginary) frontiers have been represented/performed/subverted.
Freedom Bus Project – Crossborder – International Network of History and Art (2015)
Art Bridges Europe – AA.VV. (Itinerant multimedia project 2015)
Residenzpflicht – The invisible borders – Philipp Kuebart (2012-14, exhibition)
The Mediterranean Tunnel – MTO (street art, 2015)
Immigration – Daniel Garcia (2015; mixed media)
Surprising Europe – African migration experiences (multimedia project ; 2013)
Breaching Borders: Art, Migrants and the Metaphor of Waste – Steyn and Stamselberg (book; 2014)
Posted by schengenizer on July 31, 2015
Here is the sixth instalment of Schengen border art, an ongoing project in which I map the multifarious ways in which the Old Continent’ (real and imaginary) frontiers have been represented/performed/subverted.
White Crosses – Centre for Political Beauty (Art installation, 2014)
Bordergame – National Theatre Wales (2014, live/online performance, role-play)
Borrando La Barda/Erasing the Border – Ana Teresa Fernandez (2001, visual performance)
EU-MAN – European Union Migrant Artists Network (1997)
And to conclude, some Schengen pop culinaria…
Schengen Restaurant – Delhi
The Indian Schengen
Echoes of Europe in a review of Delhi’s Schengen restaurant:
“Schengen is unmissable, with its bright lights, all-white exterior… (…). Yet as you enter there is a nagging sense that there is way too much space. (…) Schengen is a massive space to fill…”
Posted by schengenizer on March 31, 2015
It’s been an eventful year for border-related matters in Europe. Here are some visual highlights of the last 12 months…
EUhh! The Swiss vote no to more European migrants
Crime(a) and punishment: Russian crimeans can’t apply for Schengen visas
All’s quiet on the Eastern front: Polish-German border 10 years after enlargement
Surreal Melilla: Golfers vs migrants in the Spanish enclave
Parking Lot Desperation: Syrian cars at Turkish border near Kobani
The new marshmallows: ISIS fighters burn French passports
The answer my friend…: anti-migrant Calais fence blown by the wind
Mediterranean Blues: more boats, rescues and drownings…
See you all in 2015!!!
Posted by schengenizer on December 30, 2014
Here is the fifth instalment of Schengen border art, an ongoing project in which I map the multifarious ways in which the Old Continent’ (real and imaginary) frontiers have been represented/performed/subverted..
Isaac Julien – Western Union: Small Boats (The Leopard) (Video Installation, 2014)
Mimmo Paladino – Porta di Lampedusa, Porta D’Europa (sculpture, 2008)
Lena Malm, Sarah Green – Borderwork: A visual journey through periphery frontier regions (2014 photo-book)
The Splendours and Miseries of the Schengen Zone (theatre performances, Riga, 2014)
Schengen Schege (band, Brussels)
Malik Nejmi – “4160″ (video installation, 2014)
Posted by schengenizer on October 31, 2014
Here is the fourth instalment of Schengen border art, an ongoing project in which I try to map the multifarious ways in which the Old Continent’s (real and imaginary) frontiers have been represented/performed/subverted.
Blue in Morocco – Blue (2012, wall art)
Caution border – AA.VV. (2009, installation)
Without borders? – Kontekst and h.arta (2009, exhibition)
Undocumented Apparel – Julio Salgado (2012, illustrations)
Schengen-Funk – Sprutbass (2013, music)
Posted by schengenizer on March 31, 2014
Here is the third instalment of Schengen border art, an ongoing project in which I try to map the multifarious ways in which the Old Continent’s (real and imaginary) frontiers have been represented/performed/subverted.
Schengen – Helmy Nouh (2013, film)
Migrants moving history: Narratives of diversity in Europe (2007, documentary)
The list – Banu Cennetoglu (2006, installation)
Permanent Waiting Room (2008, Installation)
Melilla – Flo Razowsky (2007, photos)
New Voices from Europe and Beyond’ – ARC Publications/ Literature Across Frontiers (Poetry Anthology Series)
Posted by schengenizer on February 28, 2014
In my previous post I presented the project Schengen border art. What follows are some more examples of creative representations and performances of/about European frontiers. Enjoy!
There is no place – Lisl Ponger (2007, photographs)
Foreigners registration office – Ximena Aburto Felis (2007, video)
Blue Wall of Silence – Vibeke Jensen (2007, installation)
Frontiers – You’ve reached Fortress Europe (2008, videogame)
Schengen – Raphael Haroche (2006, song)
Posted by schengenizer on January 31, 2014
Art and other creative expressions about European borders have been a recurrent theme in this blog. So much so that I have decided to launch a new side project specifically dealing with this topic. After all, isn’t the end of the year a time for new resolutions? The tentative title of this endeveour is ‘Schengen border art’, and I am planning to develop it in the upcoming months. The goal is to map contemporary artistic performances whose main subject is the Old Continent’s frontiers, be it the ‘real’ boundary demarcations in the political, social, economic realms or their imagined projections, and in the people who cross, build or challenge them on a daily basis. These artistic performances can take different forms: from novels, poems and paintings to photographs, videos, sculptures, land art, simulations, installations, theatrical and other types of ‘live’ performances. The number of these artistic expressions has mushroomed in recent years as a result of the growing interest in (and controversy over) Europe’s borders and their management. Below you will find a preview of this body of work. And stay tuned for updates on this project!
After Schengen – Ignacio Evangelista (2013)
Maritime Incidents – Heiko Schäfer (2008).
Migration, Installation – Raul Gschrey (2010)
Memorabilia – Sabina Shikhlinskaya (2012)
Contained Mobility – Ursula Biemann (2004)
Fortress Europe – Asia dub foundation (2003)
Posted by schengenizer on December 31, 2013