Border Wall Aesthetics

Artworks in Border Spaces

Elisa Ganivet

Transcript-Verlag

Border Wall Aesthetics

Pub Date: December 2019

ISBN: 9783837647778

250 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $95.00

Border Wall Aesthetics

Artworks in Border Spaces

Elisa Ganivet

Transcript-Verlag

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we live in a time of globalization and free trade. Nevertheless, seventy 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, Elisa 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.

About the Author

Elisa Ganivet (Dr. phil.), born 1982, is an art historian. Her research in aesthetics explores the mechanisms of utopian practices and border concepts. Since 2003, she has organized exhibitions of modern and contemporary artists.