The Birds Are Coming Archive


Concept Statement

Digital Painting, Print on Duraclear, Web Archive, LightBox, Qr Code

"The Birds Are Coming Archive" is an installation in the form of 8 lightboxes and an interactive web Archive. The work curates the last known photographs and investigation Archives of birds accused of suspicious migration and border crossings. Due to their anarchic migratory activities, various state border forces interpret their flights as a threat to the state's being. Subsequently, these birds have been neutralized. The work evokes their ghosts and speaks of the dead and the deceased. Through these archives, they rise back from the dead, to create an insurgency against the invisibilities of violence embedded in the present. By employing humour, the work challenges the archives of surveillance and interrogation that are amassed around these spaces. It seeks to question how paranoiac labelling of types - a taxonomy of terror - is constructed and associated with the border and the "other" beyond such border/s.