Bard College Berlin Presents
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Skin of the Law

Henry Koerner Hall, Waldstr. 68, Berlin-Niederschönhausen

European Migration Regimes and their Global Realities

What counts as legal and as illegal migration is established in Germany's law on residency, the official name of which is the “law to control and restrict immigration and to regulate the residence and integration of EU citizens and foreigners.” Based on this law, people get deported, people get imprisoned, people get permission or a right to stay, people are assigned to integration courses and provided with work permits. But these provisions don’t convey the full range of political and social realities. The nation states have built a European migration regime of which German law forms a part--a legal maze that has repercussions all around the globe.

The law mediates and moderates, it classifies and justifies. And it grows skin; beneath and above it, inside and around; to separate and to connect, to feel and to desensitize, to protect and to expose.

The students from this semester's migration class IL/LEGAL have transposed their knowledge, experience and research on migration regimes of the present and the past into artistic projects. The multiplicity of their backgrounds, showing migration as the norm not as the exception, helps to reveal the arbitrariness of the regimes’ development, but also connections, correspondences and commonalities.

Participating students are Aryana Arian, Arianna Adabachi, Lena Kocutar, Idil Morsallioglu, Océanne Fry, Dachil Sado, Anas Almaghrabi, Estrella Frankenfeld, Claire Dickson, Hani Portner, Zoe Oro-Hahn, Clare Murphy-Putnam, Ameenah Sawan, Julia Bohm, Danny Dubner, Sara Mardini, Jelizaveta Ostrovska.

Course instructors and curators of the exhibition are Marion Detjen and Dorothea von Hantelmann.

This event takes place in the frame of and with support from the Mellon-funded Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education.

Date & time: Tuesday, May 14, 1:30-7:00pm
Venue: Henry Koerner Hall, Waldstr. 68, Berlin-Niederschönhausen

Contact information:  communications@berlin.bard.edu

Location: Henry Koerner Hall, Waldstr. 68, Berlin-Niederschönhausen

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