Borderless, Stateless‘s curatorial essay is written by Karina Iskandrsjah and Christina Oyawale.
Publication designed by Christina Oyawale, featuring illustration design by Michael DeForge.
“Borderless, Stateless” presents new works by international and local artists Francisca Jimenez Ortegate, Kasra Goodarznezhad, Lawrence Bird, and Tangent Collective (Yantong Li, Beichen Zhang and Shengxu Jin), which were produced during the 2023 Themed Commission – Trinity Square Video’s annual summer artist residency.
The theme of “Borderless, Stateless” invites projects that explore and critique the concept of borders, both metaphorically and methodologically, as well as in relation to geopolitics, nationhood, and movement.
Michael DeForge lives in Toronto, Ontario. He worked as a designer on Adventure Time for six seasons. His illustrations have been featured in Jacobin, The New York Times, The Believer, The LA Times, and The Walrus.
His published books include Ant Colony, Dressing, Big Kids, Brat, Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero, Stunt, Familiar Face, Leaving Richard’s Valley, Heaven No Hell and Birds of Maine. He’s written for SSENSE and Lux Magazine.
Karina Iskandarsjah is a queer Indonesian visual artist and curator whose work explores cultural hybridity, technology, plants, ecologies, borders, power, and contemporary post-colonial conditions. Karina holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. She is part of the collectives CROCUS, and GLORY HOLE GALLERY. Some recent works include BIRDFEED, and MACHINE BODIES.
Christina Oyawale is a Black non-binary disabled lens-based artist, curator and designer whose work explores the radical occupation of space through a disability and queer framework in image-making, specifically through experimental video, performance, photography and installation. Christina holds a BFA in Photography from Toronto Metropolitan University. They strive to curate programming that fosters community conversations that pertain to interdependence, mental health, socio-political systems of oppression, and investigations of self.