EDINBURGH. Lara Almarcegui, Nuria Güell, Santiago Sierra “Borderlines” 23 February – 4 May 2019. Talbot Rice Gallery.

Borderlines is a group exhibition that gives form to the conceptual, geo-political, economic and cultural impacts of borders. It draws attention to the ownership of the earth beneath our feet, underwater realms, the rules governing the international movement of goods, nation-states, the UK border in Ireland, financial sovereignty, tribal territories, anarchic polar exploration and the world-wide distribution of natural resources. Conceived to coincide with the UK’s scheduled exit from the EU, Borderlines offers imaginative ways of representing and thinking about frontiers, at a time when very real borders between the UK and Europe are being proposed.

Lara Almarcegui explores the ownership of the mineral rights under the cities she works in, unearthing how the land beneath our feet is governed. Nuria Güell presents a consultancy that offered citizens of the PIIGS nations (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain), bailed out by the EU / World Bank and IMF, the opportunity to perform fiscal disobedience based on the tax avoidance schemes used by the super-rich, commenting on debt, obedience and control within the EU. Santiago Sierra places the anarchist flag at the North and South Poles.

Artists: Lara Almarcegui, Rossella Biscotti, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, Willie Doherty, Nuria Güell, Ruth E. Lyons, Amalia Pica, Khvay Samnang, Santiago Sierra, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor.

Talbot Rice Gallery, The University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL


Image: Santiago Sierra. Black flag