Borders what’s up with that?
The first division on earth happened 175 million years ago with Pangea slowly breaking up into the continents we know today. When the humanoids appeared about 1 to 2 million years ago in Africa they started to migrate and populate the world. Migration was often in search of space, better living conditions and often had a warlike conquering character. For example, Homo Sapiens in the last hundred thousand years was free to roam, settle in Europe and make the Homo Neanderthalensis extinct. Notable migrations in western history are associated with the Agricultural Revolution, the Indo-European expansion, the Gothic migration, the Turkic migration, Colonialism and the Slave Trade.
From the beginning of civilization people have been relatively free to migrate to where they wanted, with the possible exception of cities where populations had a higher degree of control. Areas of land were under the dominion of Generals, Kings or Emperors with a level of fluidity due to war and royal marriages. The modern idea of nation-states started in the 17th century but solidified in the 19th century with the romantic movement and its nationalism component. But it wasn’t until WW1 that border control became what it is today and passports became essential for travel.
We invite artists to explore issues of: nationality, citizenship, racism, ethnocentricity, patriotism, nation-states, empires, migration, refugees, colonialism, slave trade, home and country, tourism, passports, visas and Eurocentricity (which we are guilty of). Queer and feminist perspectives are encouraged and preferred.
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