Art and Migration
This lecture performance will present art by and about the migrant, created in workshops run for detainees awaiting deportation from the UK. Documentary photography, drawings, testimonies, video, and interviews, digitized for the Immigration Detention Archive at Oxford is the basis of this art-research. The presentation will include parts of a play written and directed using material from the forthcoming book, including collages, shadow puppets, and film.
In the study of migration art has been relegated to therapy and social work, and in turn art history and criticism typically categorizes it as Outsider Art. Yet in this study of the effects of indeterminate detention on subjectivity, visual art contributes to social and aesthetic demands as well as providing forensic evidence for criminologists of human suffering. It is an artist's perspective on the perversity of the institutions, the power of its bureaucracy, and a necessary abstraction of censored material.
Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll is an artist and the Professorial Chair of Global Art at the University of Birmingham. Khadija is the author of the book Art in the Time of Colony and the forthcoming Bordered Lives, based on her play Shadows Talk, and the Immigration Detention Archive in Oxford. She is an editor of the journal Third Text. Her artworks about migration have been installed and performed at the Konzerttheatre Bern, Pitt Rivers Museum, Pesta Bonka Festival Indonesia, and Silver Sehnsucht London.