Putting the boundary at the centre - a place where contemporary art meets politics

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Ewelina Chwiejda


This article focuses on the question of the involvement of contemporary artists in the public debate concerning boundary issues relating to migration and the treatment of immigrants. The aim of this essay is to take a closer look at some of their strategies for making the boundary issue more visible and their ability to draw our attention to the situation of excluded minorities, such as “clandestines” and refugees. The object of the study is, in particular, the way in which these artists address the question of the international migration process in the modern “open”, “ostensibly borderless” world, and the socio-political problems it generates. The effect of the border-crossing experience on the life of an immigrant, the image attached to him or her by the “host” society, as well as the artistic reflections on EU institutions and the hospitality of contemporary European societies are also included in the author’s analysis.


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Chwiejda, E. (2014). Putting the boundary at the centre - a place where contemporary art meets politics. Praktyka Teoretyczna, 13(3), 227-243. https://doi.org/10.14746/pt.2014.3.9
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Ewelina Chwiejda, Ewelina Chwiejda Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales 52 rue du Cardinal-Lemoine 75005 Paris

Ewelina Chwiejda (1989) – sociologist and art historian – received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Warsaw, and her master’s degree from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales [EHESS] in Paris, where she is currently working on her PhD on the figure of the immigrant in contemporary art and public discourse in Europe and the United States. Her research interests include migration studies, visual culture and socially engaged art. She has published in Postures and Visegrad Insight. She is also an art critic and foreign correspondent for Obieg.pl and Res Publica Nowa.


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