Migration

All Walls are Temporary

Maya Singhal, New York City 

The wall on the U.S.-Mexico border existed long before Donald Trump promised to build it. As early as 1848, following the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo signed by the U.S. and Mexico, fences were constructed along the border to designate territory, control livestock, and ensure security. Under President Bill Clinton, walls...

Creative Maintenance: an Interview with Michael Hardt

Michael Hardt, Durham 

Michael Hardt in conversation with Jean-François Prost and Marie-Pier Boucher JFP (Jean-François Prost): The Heteropolis project specifically addresses the following paradox: as cities become increasingly heterogeneous, certain districts, or ghettos, continue to remain homogeneous. We can observe a very clear, even extreme, division between various social classes, ethnic groups and...

Current Geographies of Haitian Migration

Raphael Daibert, São Paulo 

An almost uncountable number of Haitian migrants are in transit throughout Latin America at this very moment. From the warm Caribbean waters to the steepest mountains of the Andes, from the tropical forests to the arid Mexican deserts, Haitian migrants are everywhere. Overcoming the limit of what human beings can...

National and International Cultural and Human Rights Organizations Denounce Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

National Coalition Against Censorship, United States 

Today, more than thirty cultural institutions and human rights organizations around the world, including international arts, curators’ and critics’ associations, organizations protecting free speech rights, as well as U.S. based performance, arts and creative freedom organizations and alliances, issued a joint statement opposing United States President Donald J. Trump’s immigration...

Immigration and Identity

Atul Bhattarai, New York 

Immigrants of any kind often face a personal dilemma: Who are they in a new, foreign space? A group of four immigrant and foreign-born artists were confronted with that question in the course of volunteering with elderly immigrants—through “multilingual art-making projects, recreation activities, and conversations”—as part of an Engaging Artists...

“Repellent Fence” Stares Across the U.S.-Mexican Border

Karina Taylor, New York City 

For four days in October this year, the Mexican-American border featured a curious kind of boundary: a two-mile line of yellow, helium-filled balloons, painted with unblinking eyes, floating 50 feet above the ground. World Policy Journal corresponded with the designers of this “Repellent Fence,” the art collective Postcommodity, on the...

The Right Not To Migrate

Rory Fewer,  

This is the first in a series of Arts-Policy articles examining global migration through a cinematic lens. Tune in next week for part two. Despite increased surveillance along the U.S.-Mexico border, changing patterns of unauthorized crossing from Latin America into California, Arizona, and now south Texas show that migrants are...

Mapping Migration: Putting Journeys in Context

Barrak Alzaid,  

Working primarily with video and images, artist Bouchra Khalili creates installation pieces that show narratives of migration. In the videos, individuals narrate the story of their migration while tracing its path on maps. A series of silkscreen prints presents these same journeys in the stark simplicity of constellation-like traces on...