Join FRAUD for a workshop exploring the extractivist gaze of the EU’s migration policy in the Mediterranean region.
This workshop will interrogate how phosphate extraction in Western Sahara, fisheries partnership agreements, and the expansion of Free Trade Zones – such as the Tangier Exportation Free Zone – participate in the thickening of borders and the technologies underlying their surveillance. Through the collective creation of an online cartogram, participants will together map different forms of power entangled in extraction politics within EU border countries (such as Morocco), charting migrant flows towards the EU from these zones.
Such a task is particularly relevant at a time when projected free trade (namely with the United States) is lauded as the saviour to a post Brexit ‘immigrant free’ England. In this vision, free trade (i.e. the ability of capital to exploit cheap labour elsewhere) is posited as a solution to the monstrous ‘other’ leaking through the borders. EURO—VISION therefore discusses how these issues are entangled and politically deployed both spatially and socially.
Prior knowledge of this subject area is not necessary. Readings will be distributed in advance of the workshop, but these will not be compulsory.
FRAUD (Canada/Spain) is made up of the duo Audrey Samson and Francisco Gallardo. Critical spatial practitioners, they develop modes of art-led enquiry, which examine the process of ‘financialisation’ through extractive data practices, and cultivate critical cosmogony building. FRAUD has been awarded the State of Lower Saxony – HBK Braunschweig Fellowship (2020), the King’s College Cultural Institute Grant (2018), and has been commissioned by the Contemporary Art Archipelago (2020) and the Cockayne Foundation (2018). Recent work includes: Carbon Derivatives, the 57th Venice Biennale, the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018) and Somerset House, London (2018); Shrimping Under Working Conditions that was shown at Kunsthall Trondheim (2017) and the Empire Remains Shop in London (2016).
The workshop is part of EURO—VISION, a project commissioned by Arts Catalyst and Radar. It is supported by Arts Council England and Canada Art Council.