Super Border

f/stop Festival of Fotografie Leipzig, Germany
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Sea of Promise
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Christopher Stewart's Super Border was included in the international f/stop Fotografie Festival in Leipzig, Germany whose overall title was The History of Now. Super Border featured in the exhibition The Sea of Promise curated by Sebastian Arthur Hau from the Paris based public gallery Le Bal. The exhibition took the idea of borders, migration and globalization as a thematic and included work from a number of renowned photographic artists including, for example, Jim Goldberg of Magnum Photos. Super Border is a series of photographic images taken along the route of the new 300 million euro Integrated External Vigilance System, a new surveillance system located along the southern Mediterranean coast and designed to curb illegal immigration into Europe. Stewart took photographs of sites along this coastline including that included both heavy industry and tourism. The idea was to look at how the new surveillance system had been embedded within the fabric of the everyday and how these sites are no longer thought of as extraordinary. Aspects of Super Border had previously been featured in the book The Critical Dictionary, published by Black Dog London in 2011 (ISBN 978-1907317491), published as a ten-page spread in the important photographic magazine Source Photographic Review issue 56 in the Autumn of 2008 and featured in a solo-exhibition at Gimpel Fils gallery in London in 2009. The f/stop published a substantial catalogue that included Super Border alongside other internationally renowned photographic practitioners such as Chanarin and Broomberg (winners of the 2013 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize).
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