Lambla Gallery is open Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Adam Justice, Director of Galleries: email@example.com
August 23-October 13
Events in recent years have prompted fervent discussions around the topic of borders. After decades of optimistic sentiments regarding globalization as a pathway to open societies without social, political or material boundaries, isolationistic tendencies are now on the rise. For many, both physical and immaterial borders (institutional or national) are seen as the most efficient remedies for mounting social, political and ecological crises. Others argue that borders are artificial, arbitrary, and rarely capable of addressing the roots of our most pressing contemporary problems.
This exhibition begins with an examination of the practice of gerrymandering and then opens up the subject of borders and boundaries for reflection in a broader, more general context. Visitors are encouraged to move and rearrange fabric screens suspended in the gallery space and thus demarcate the borders of their own respective spaces. Just like maps of gerrymandered districts, the screens delineate often conflicting interests of the users of the space, creating a complex and disorienting labyrinth. Each time we manipulate the screens to gain personal space or freedom of movement, the spaces of other users are affected—possibly more confined or limited—which challenges them to either navigate the new order or change it.
Migrating Borders conveys the contrary dynamics inherent in architectural borders. On the one hand, by separating, they seek to organize and thus function as logical structures. On the other hand, as they are impositions on pre-existing social, economic, or natural conditions, they introduce fragmentation and disorder.
Asstistant Professor of Architectural History Lidia Klein
Associate Professor of Architecture Marc Manack
Anna Gelich, Student Research Assistant
The mission of the CoA+A gallery system is to create lively forums in which the curious encounter the work of global, regional, and local artists through diverse media and dynamic exchanges that are nourished by the intellectual and creative life of the university. Our programming will echo crossovers of the visual arts, architecture, music, theatre, and dance inherent to the College of Arts + Architecture at UNC Charlotte. We seek to provide a haven for experimentation, to invigorate the environments we occupy, and to amplify the means to engage art and design in our community.