March 4, 2021, at 6pm CET (Language: English)

Online Questions & Answers Session | From Deserts to Shores: Engaged Archaeologies of Forced Migrations – An American-European Dialogue on Hostile Terrains

With Prof. Jason de León, Austin E. Shipman, Nicole Smith & Gabriel Canter (University of California/ The Undocumented Migration Project) & Prof. Yannis Hamilakis, Ayşe Şanlı & Darcy Hackley (Brown University)

Moderation: HT94FMM-Team

From the US-Mexican border that divides the Sonora desert into the State of Sonora and Arizona to the Aegean waters of the European coastal borders, border regimes have turned landscapes into hostile and lethal terrains. From deserts to shores, these geopolitical conditions cause staggering fatalities and make people stuck in miserable conditions at the borders, border detention, and illegality. Jason de León with Undocumented Migration Projekt team and Yannis Hamilakis have researched the people, infrastructures, and assemblages of borders and clandestine border crossing by archaeological and ethnographic approaches. The materials collected not only served as a basis to document and understand structural violence, quotidian conditions, and capabilities to act. Things are also used in interventionist displays to raise awareness about the victims and the humanitarian crisis at the borders, as the global pop-up exhibition, Hostile Terrain 94 and the Transient Matter (onsite/online Haffenreffer Museum) display impressively make present.

This questions & answers session is meant to establish a US-EU dialogue on current border developments, the capabilities, issues, and constraints of researching borderscapes and forced migrations by material culture approaches and beyond.


March 9, 2021, at 6pm CET (Language: English)

Online Roundtable:Border Perspectives

Online Roundtable: from Afghanistan, Iran & Turkey. Meeting the »Hostile Terrain 94 Frankfurt« contributors. 

Online Roundtable with presentations by Ali Sadeqi (artist, Iran); Kemal Vural Tarlan (documentary photographer, Turkey), and Morteza Rezai (graphic designer & artist, Iran)

Further discussants: Mostafa Mazari (photographer, Iran) Reza Heidari Shahbidak (photographer, Afghanistan)

Moderator: Hilal Alkan (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, ZMO)

How is border politics in the Middle East captured by different aesthetics? This online roundtable brings together artists from Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey who contribute to the “Hostile Terrain 94 Frankfurt” show. The presenters, living in the border regions, reflect on the consequences of geopolitical border regimes on countries, communities and personal lives. In their works, they have intensely and creatively visualized borderlands, border crossers, from people fleeing war to nomadic populations, and how conflict and shifting regimes produce im/mobilities. The roundtable will reflect how their work relates to the border realities and the various approaches, genres, and styles they apply and develop in their art pieces and documentaries. Art is not just representation but rather an active form of engagement and can serve as a form of resistance and intervention to these border realities.


March 18, 2021, 7pm CET (Language: English)

Online Roundtable: Deadly Borders and Activist Interventions in the European Migration Space

Online Roundtable with Natalie Gruber (Border Violence Monitoring Network), Charles Heller (Forensic Oceanography) & Jacob Berkson (Alarm Phone)

Moderator: Valeria Hänsel (Border Monitoring Aegean)

The so-called ‘Refugee Crisis’ of 2015 turned European borders into closely surveilled zones, where, simultaneously, the migrants’ right to move freely has been restricted and violated. Pushbacks in the Mediterranean Sea and at borders across the EU-Turkey migration space caused humiliation, physical injuries, and even death of thousands of migrants in recent years. Activists problematize the presence of migrant search and rescue agencies in the migration space, failing to intervene and save lives; but they also went further by introducing their own investigations, search-and-rescue actions and political campaigns. In this event, our speakers will talk about what they understand by activism and intervention targeting the border violence across and at the peripheries of Europe. They will also address questions such as how to deploy the visual analysis and mapping in the investigation of migrant deaths, how to collaborate with other activists and in what ways different activists may communicate with each other and increase the impact of strategic action against the (in)action of state agencies.


TBA (Language: English)

Public Film Screening: »Border South« & »Bag Mohajer«

»Border South« by Raúl O. Paz Pastrana (filmmaker Mexico/ USA) & »Bag Mohajer« by Adrian Oeser (filmmaker & journalist, Frankfurt), Filmforum Höchst (tba due to lockdown)



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