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April 2020, English
21.5×31 cm, 144 pages, 13 b/w and 47 color ills., hardcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-371-4
Design
Christoph Balzar
Status
Available

Drawing on original documents, photographs, and detainee artwork, this book offers a unique insight into the experience of immigration detention in the United Kingdom. With interdisciplinary backgrounds in art, design, and criminology, the authors present views of everyday life under this form of border control. In offering a glimpse within these hidden sites, they explore fundamental questions about coercion, censorship, and control, as well as belonging and resistance.

This book introduces the Immigration Detention Archive and reflects on the conditions under which art is supposed to be produced (and is undermined) in institutional spaces. Mixing shadow puppetry, photographic slides, video, architectural models, and spoken word, Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll’s performance Men in Waiting presents the effects of indeterminate detention, bureaucratic indifference, and banality on the subjectivity of the incarcerated.

“This powerful and timely book comes from the immigration detention spaces where the politically unwanted but unguilty are kept at the behest of UK civil servants. It provides an insight into the inner world of a private run institution and its residents’ narratives of escape, fear, incarceration, and their yet unrealized visions of hope. This is a valuable resource for anyone interested in migration or detention, or creative responses to these experiences.”

— Edmund Clark,

artist and author of Negative Publicity and My Shadow’s Reflection