New York, NY
Van Alen Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Aesthetics of Crossing Exhibit at Van Alen
The exhibition pairs two projects that examine border crossing points and the individuals who pass through them. Land Ports of Entry by Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects highlights the architecture of surveillance and openness in two recently built US border stations. Citizenship by Design by Kadambari Baxi and Irene Cheng re-imagines the design of passports, international regulations, and other artifacts that subliminally shape individuals' statuses. One project is architectural, concrete, and real; the other is graphic, ephemeral, and narrative. Both provoke viewers to reconsider the aesthetic dimensions of how nation-states regulate individuals' movements and identities.
The exhibit opened at the Van Alen Institute in New York and then to traveled to Cornell University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.