Borderframing.eu (2013 - present)
in collaboration with Christina Zetterlund
Border-framing-dot-eu is a collaborative, archival and performative practice of documenting sites of racial profiling and ID-checks which have been carried by Swedish Police in order to find deportable and undocumented migrants. It is an ongoing platform that provides a kit for excavating narratives, identities and histories in the complexity of the present materiality. The performance happens from time to time in two ways:
- A full day action, covering a town with only marking places of racial profiling and uploading a photo of marked site to the project's website.
- And with more patient performance of staging and excavating, anchoring non-identities in given identities by using crafts skill and tools and thereby trying to excavate the complexity, randomness and fluidity of the relation between history and identity construction.
Borderframing.eu is an attempt to frame the materiality of places and practices of deportation and to create testimonies about such seemingly invisible practices. It also calls attention to the discourses that produce these assaults and the very condition that makes such injustices possible. By marking these places, a pattern of the nation state border system within the everyday life of the city is drawn. This is a method of framing and materialising the borders.
Two texts written about this project:
A Method for Materialising Borders in, The Silent University - Tensta Reader #1. Stockholm: Tensta Konsthall. 2013, pp. 27-30
Undesigning Borders: Urban Spaces of Borders and Counter-Practices of Looking in Undesign: Critical Practices in the intersections of Arts and Design, Routledge. 2018