Viviana d’Auria (Italian, b.1978), Claire Bosmans (Belgian, b.1990) and Khalda Imad Mubarak El Jack (Sudanese, b.1991) at KU Leuven (Belgium, est.1425)
Borders are commonly set against flows, as unchanging barriers regulating migration—the epitome of movement. More recently, however, their actual immovability has been questioned: borders have been observed as migrating themselves. As such the boundedness of landscapes and identities, challenged by escalating socio-ecological issues, have been fundamentally questioned. They are viewed as a thickness and not as a line that is produced by hindering, suspending or impeding passage. In such context they also become borderlands that consist of liminal spaces that are about limbo and deferral as much as they are about encounter and political potential. dis B orders thinks through border topologies by scrutinizing three resonating stories. Explored at seemingly different scales, they illustrate the dis-orders generated when borders are posited as part of an impermeable landscape.
Biennale Sneak Peek
Biennale Sneak Peek
Image 1 – How will we live together?
To live together across borders begins by apprehending the various processes that, at different scales, impede passage and exchange, and ultimately may encourage expulsion. How many boat-stump collisions have occurred in Lake Volta? How long does it take to reach Khartoum City from the periphery? Who has the right to temporary occupation in Brussels? As partial answers to these questions, among others, this contribution explores how extraction, displacement and marginalization take place, but also how solidarity movements and multi-sited existences emerge and consolidate around and within Lake Volta, Khartoum City and Brussels’ North Quarter.
Image 2 – Sneak peek of the project
Borders are commonly set against flows, as unchanging barriers regulating various forms of movement. Their immovability is however questionable, since borders have been observed as migrating themselves. Borders become borderlands, a thickness that is produced by suspending or hampering passage. Three border topologies operating across different scales are scrutinized across time to illustrate the disorders generated when borders are posited as part of an impermeable landscape, and interrogate the way they are negotiated and subverted by everyday mobilities and mobilizations.
WITH THE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT OF
International Center of Urbanism
ACTLD, Damien Lemaître