frontières fluides – fluid boundaries Le Cube - independet art space, Rabat, MA 2015
frontières fluides – fließende Grenzen Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen, DE 2015
frontières fluides – fließende Grenzen Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz, AU 2015
From safety to where, Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam, NL 2014
The project “frontières fluides – fluid boundaries” by Katrin Ströbel and Mohammed Laouli takes movements of migration and transit between Europe and Northern Africa as a starting point to examine the cultural, social and economic impacts of colonialism and European migration politics in Europe and Northern Africa. At the same time it explores how these issues influence the identity and everyday life of artists in an era of a globalized art world.
The artists have developed an installation of a "nomadic-boat" (a temporary shelter built on local boats) as a symbol for the voluntary as well as involuntary forms of nomadic life today: unstable, temporary, precarious, always in motion, in transit.
Make passages, overcome or accept borders has become an important part of everyday life for artists, but it describes also the reality of thousands of migrants that crossed the seas in the last centuries: From Europe to America, from Africa to Europe, from Old Europe to the New World, from one life to another, back and forth.
Until now, the project in progress took place in Rabat/Salé, Playa Blanca, Amsterdam and Marseille. Right now it continues in Friedrichshafen (Germany) and Bregenz (Austria) at Lake Constance. Lake Constance is the only area in Europe where no borders exist, because there is no legally binding agreement as to where the borders lie between Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
The video installations shows a selection of a constantly growing archive of stories of transit and migration. Watch some extracts here:
Marwan (French, German subtitles)
Rachid (Arabic, English subtitles)
exhibition view (Zeppelinmuseum Friedrichshafen)