After a long gestation, Schengen Border Art has seen the light!
As anticipated in some of my previous posts, the purpose of this online project is to virtually map contemporary artistic and other creative expressions whose main subject is Europe’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: photographs, paintings, videos, sculptures, novels, poems, 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) European borders and especially those comprising the so-called ‘Schengen area’. In the site you will find a selection of this body of work, regularly updated, with information about the author and her/her creative piece(s), and an interactive map to locate them within Europe or beyond.. Check it out (schengenborderart.com), and help expanding it by suggesting new entries!
Schengen 200/51 (Migrants) – Stefano Bosis – Drawing
Posted by schengenizer on May 31, 2016
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
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
There’s something about Schengen that makes it a favourite subject of creative types of all stripes. What this ‘quid’ consists of may elude us non artistically inclined mortals. After all, what can be so exciting about an utterly dry catalogue of rules regulating travel in and about the Old Continent? Apparently, a lot. The reasons why Schengen has become a source of artistic inspiration, however, are not necessarily as benign as some European policy-makers (especially those who still hail this policy initiative as one of the finest achievements of European integration) would like us to believe. Indeed, Schengen is often the artistic target of trenchant criticism, especially because of its exclusionary practices vis a vis selected individuals (i.e. the unwanted non-Europeans). This critical streak permeates the entire spectrum of the performative art scene. Musicians play a big part in this anti-Schengen chorus. Europe’s free travel area seems to touch a (metaphorical) cord with this category of artists. After all, is there a better way to voice your opinion (and be heard from afar) than through your own voice, especially if screamed out of your lungs? The latest example of this increasingly popular musical genre (‘Schengen blues’?) that I have recently come across is from the Spanish crooner Raphael (by the way, why would the author of 60s’ hits such as “Cuando tú no estás”, “Mi gran noche”, “Tema de amor”, would pen a song – in French, alas! – on a topic such as Europe’s border control regime is a question that definitely warrants further investigation…). The song, simply titled ‘Schengen’, poetically evokes the painful experience of the typical migrant living in the Old Continent. The result is a rather depressing portrayal of Europe…
Tellement de nuits sous la paupière
Tellement de forêts abattues
Même sous la mitraille et le fer
Moi je leur ai rien vendu
Et que même dans l’espace Shengen
Ils ont pas voulu de ma peau
Ce que j’ fais là moi
Je sais pas
Je voulais juste marcher tout droit
Ce que j’ fais là moi
Je sais pas
Je pense à toi depuis mille ans
(NB: full text and English translation are available here)
Posted by schengenizer on February 28, 2013