Borderlines: Art in the age of Brexit

Tessa Giblin (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Abstract / Description of output

Borderlinesart in the age of Brexit was a group exhibition (featuring 12 international artists) that Giblin conceived and curated to coincide with the UK’s scheduled withdrawal from the EU – March 29th 2019. As an active example of Giblin’s curatorial practice to curate into the national conversation, Borderlines aimed to diversify the public conversation about the implications of Brexit through the perspectives that contemporary artworks could bring to bear on the subject, at a time when very real borders between the UK and Europe were being proposed. These perspectives included questions about the ownership of the territory beneath the land, ownership and governance of marine territories, rules governing the international movement of goods, the history of nation-states, the UK border in Ireland, financial sovereignty, tribal territories, anarchic polar exploration and the world-wide distribution of natural resources. The exhibition was accompanied by a 40 page exhibition guide that unpacked the artworks’ meaning in relation to Brexit, and a series of floortalks by diverse academics - from Law, Social and Political Sciences, Geology, Anthropology and Architectural History, each approaching the artworks through their own expertise. The exhibition was selected for funding by Creative Scotland, and following its success in Edinburgh, was subsequently invited to tour to The Edge at Bath University, which funded the further exhibition.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUniversity of Edinburgh
PublisherTalbot Rice Gallery
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2019

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Exhibition
  • border
  • Brexit
  • Contemporary art
  • curating


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