Borders

 

Data-mapping the new topographies created by the forced evacuation and destruction of the Calais ‘Jungle’ Migrant Camp, France.

Plotted as traditional Calais lace borders, the mesh references the historical industry of the city, as well as its more contemporary notoriety for political borders.

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China Heights Gallery.
Sydney, Australia : 2018

‘Borders’ book monograph : La Chambre Graphique Paris,  202o.

‘Calais ‘Jungle’ : Entire Camp Topography’ (triptych), pin-holes on paper, 101 x 150cm ea. Private collection, 2018

‘Calais ‘Jungle’ Topgraphies’ : L-R : Trampled Tent, Shotgun Shell, Hiding Hole, Trampled Prayer Mat, Destroyed Kiosk. All : pin-holes on paper, 57 x 75cm ea. Private collection, 2018

Shown alongside the data maps, is a series of terrazzo blocks preserving the last 20kg of camp objects, trampled into the ground during the forced evacuation.

Only on closer inspection, do they reveal their contents to be SIM cards, shotgun shells, tent poles, shoes, toothbrushes & kiosk tiles.

As an architectural material of both interior and exterior use – terrazzo reflects exactly the nature of the very public domesticity of life within the ‘Jungle’. But it is also a medium that, like the camp, always resourcefully makes something substantial and eclectic from remnants.

‘Calais ‘Jungle’ Terrazzo V’, camp remnants & ash resin :, 18.5 x 11 x 5 cm. Private collection, 2018

‘Calais ‘Jungle’ Terrazzo IV’, camp remnants & ash resin :, 12 x 11 x 7 cm. Private collection, 2018

‘Calais ‘Jungle’ Terrazzo III’, camp remnants & ash resin :, 12.5 x 12 x 16 cm. Private collection, 2018

‘Calais ‘Jungle’ Terrazzo VIII’, camp remnants & ash resin :, 12 x 11 x 7 cm. Private collection, 2018

‘Calais ‘Jungle’ Terrazzo III’, camp remnants & ash resin :, 12.5 x 12 x 16 cm. Private collection, 2018

‘Calais ‘Jungle’ Terrazzo VII’, camp remnants & ash resin :, 31.5 x 22.5 x 4.5 cm. Private collection, 2018

‘Calais ‘Jungle’ Terrazzo VI’, camp remnants & ash resin :, 13 x 13 x 18 cm. Private collection, 2018

‘Calais ‘Jungle’ Terrazzo VIII’, camp remnants & ash resin :, 13 x 13 x 19 cm. Private collection, 2018

‘Calais ‘Jungle’ Terrazzo I’, camp remnants & ash resin :, 24 x 23 x 22.5 cm. Private collection, 2018

Upcoming Exhibitions : Heide MoMA Career Survey : Rescheduled Dates TBC 

Stanislava Pinchuk & Henry Wilson : HYBRID – Objects for Future Homes. MAAS Museum, Sydney. Opening September 12, 2020.