andraschek iris & lobnig hubert


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where do the borders go?



The situation surrounding the two boarder communities of Fratres and Slavonice was researched and photographed by Andraschek and Lobnig to provide a chain of referential images supplementing the lettering. The research was not only based on the concrete geographical givens but also on the shifting of the borders within a global political order that attempts to regulate immigration and migration as a defining force. While the Fratres/Slavonice border crossing does not represent part of a broader memory in the mass-media, it is primarily photographs depicting events on the borders between Mexico and the USA, North Africa and Lampedusa/Italy or Hungary and the Republic of Serbia that are repeatedly addressed in the media in a context of immigration policy. Andraschek and Lobnig also included photographs of these regions in their panels of images along the lettering as an allusion to the existence of precarious of attempts to flee and international refugee smugglers that are continually at the focus of mass-media interest.
Specific to the local situation in Fratres and Slavonice, the installation engages with the changes in local structures for working and living in a setting that once required heightened policing and security and that has now been reduced to a few routine controls on the border, now heightening exchange between the two communities as passage across the national borders is unhindered. Military facilities in the woodland of the region are commemorative fragments of a historical period that question the meaning of earlier political measures, which is visualised by Andraschek's and Lobnig's artistic signal as a marker in the landscape of the present with its allusion to the altered geopolitical structures.
(Walter Seidl)
http://www.hubertlobnig.com
http://dermusereichts.at


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