The exhibition and publication project “grenzlinien/borderlines” brings together artistic, scientific and political positions on borders, border crossings and migration. Originating in the exhibition, a wide ranging examination of the topic evolved, that reflects and develops the interest of the artistic works in theoretical positions. Also in the presentation in the university library Giessen the artistic-visual and textual contributions meet on equal terms; they complement each other and and question the established borders between arts and science and politics. Euro-pallets, which have become a symbol for transnational movement, are used as exhibition architecture.
The refugee tragedies and the intensifying situation in the Mediterranean in the past weeks give the topic a sad timeliness. The connection to the project becomes obvious in its focus on Lampedusa as a central route for irregular migration to Europe. The artist works, academic and political texts however remain not in the realm of the descriptive, they are developing new Imagery, question the backgrounds and European politics and stimulate critical thinking, also about our personal position in relation to the topic.