Border Wall Aesthetics

Artworks in Border Spaces

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we live in a time of globalization and free trade. Nevertheless, 70 new border walls have been built in this period – put together, they would cover the total circumference of the Earth. While governments offer manifold justifications for building these separation barriers, they invariably attract the attention of artists. Is it merely the lure of transgression, however, that attracts them – or is there a deeper significance in the artistic encounter with border walls? And which artistic strategies do these artists employ to approach them?

In order to address these questions, Élisa Ganivet revisits the history of border wall aesthetics and compares more recent border-related works by 100 artists, including Joseph Beuys (Berlin), Banksy (Israel-Palestine), and Frida Kahlo (Mexico-US). Through art and thus beyond art, we understand the flaws and shortcomings of supposedly well-oiled systems.

With a preface by Élisabeth Vallet.

€79.99 *

2019-09-24, 250 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8394-4777-2
File size: 28.5 MB

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Elisa Ganivet, University of Franche-Comté, France

Author(s)
Elisa Ganivet
Book title
Border Wall Aesthetics Artworks in Border Spaces
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
250
Features
95 SW-Abbildungen
ISBN
978-3-8394-4777-2
DOI
Commodity Group
1581
BIC-Code
ABA AC HBTB
BISAC-Code
ART009000 ART015000 HIS054000
THEMA-Code
ABA AGA NHTB
Release date
2019-09-24
Topics
Raum, Politik, Kunst
Readership
Geopolitics, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Art, History, Phenomenology, Psychogeography, Cultural Studies
Keywords/Tags
Border, Wall, Contemporary Art, Globalization, Art, Politics, Theory of Art, Art History, Cultural History, Cultural Studies, Fine Arts

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