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.
FrontmatterSeiten 1 - 4
ContentSeiten 5 - 6
PrefaceSeiten 7 - 10
ForewordSeiten 11 - 18
Chapter 1. The history of border wall aestheticsSeiten 19 - 44
PART 1. Aesthetics in the 20th century
Chapter 2. The Berlin WallSeiten 47 - 102
PART 2. Aesthetics in the 21st century
Chapter 3. The separation barrier between Israel and PalestineSeiten 105 - 152
Chapter 4. The secure border between Mexico and the United StatesSeiten 153 - 198
ConclusionSeiten 199 - 204
BibliographySeiten 205 - 234
List of illustrationsSeiten 235 - 248
9 October 2019, 250 pages
File size: 28.5 MB
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