summaery2018: Projects

Re/flecting the Borders: Kunst und Gestaltung Ph.D. Project(s)

Project information

submitted by

Margarita Cristina Garcia


Kunst und Gestaltung Ph.D


Professor Liz Bachhuber, Prof Dr. Alexandra Toland

Faculty / Section:
Art and Design

Degree programme:
Art and Design/Fine Art/Media Art (Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.))

Type of project presentation



Summer semester 2018

Exhibition Location / Event Location
  • Marienstraße 14

Participation in the Bauhaus Essentials and the GRAFE Kreativpreis 2024

Project description online

The installation and performance Re/flecting the Border used research, art and food to provoke discussion around the topics of boundaries, citizenship and borders. Consisting of a 5 meter mirror, directly on the US/Mexico Border Wall as well as a 10meter mirrored table; refugees, migrants, artists, architects and academics from the US, Mexico, Pakistan, Iran, Haiti, Germany, China, France, Bangladesh, Spain, India and the Philippines shared a meal reflected through the border wall, under the watching eye of the US Border Patrol. Food, is not to satisfy hunger but rather was designed to be viewed, handled and ingested, a reminder of the consumption that fuels exploitation worldwide. In the gallery, although the piece in it’s totality (alive, fugitive and sensory) cannot be participated in, it can be re/imagined. The mirror is back projected onto a large screen, appearing as an almost life sized opening on the US/Mexico border wall, which improbably spans down the beach and into the ocean. The film of the ‘banquet’ roams the space, overlapping video images are projected with waves, suggesting a drift through a murky sea. Behind the video hang backlit vitrines, holding medicine bottles of 40 of the raw ingredients used in the dinner were allowed to decay in the gallery, underlining the ironies involved in consumption and what is often excluded, the people that grew and prepared exotic foods.

Exhibition Location / Event Location