Border Cultures: A Retrospective
Part 1. A Context for Border Cultures and Conversations with the Curator
In the years 2013, 2014, and 2015, the Art Gallery of Windsor featured consecutive exhibitions of Border Cultures, a landmark series of forty-five artist projects and essays on the “real, imagined, physical, political and conceptual” role of borders in everyday life. This chapter combines an overview and retrospective of the exhibitions and the exhibition catalogue with a contextual essay and introduction by Victor Konrad. In these two parts, the chapter offers a retrospective essay with a synopsis of the exhibitions, a selection of representative works of art in the exhibitions, and a brief comment on the contribution of the exhibitions. The overall aim is to allow the exhibitions to speak for themselves.
Victor Konrad teaches Geography at Carleton University, in Ottawa. Recently, Professor Konrad was Visiting Professor at Eastern China Normal and Yunnan Normal Universities in Shanghai and Kunming; Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands; and the Karelian Institute of the University of Eastern Finland. In 2009, he was visiting fellow at the Border Policy Research Institute, Western Washington University. From 1990 to 2001, he established the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program and the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States. During the 1970s and the 1980s, he was a professor of geography and anthropology at the University of Maine and Director of the Canadian-American Center. Professor Konrad is author and editor of more than a hundred books, articles, and book chapters in cultural geography, border studies, and Canadian studies. The most recent book, North American Borders in Comparative Perspective, was co-edited with Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera and published by the University of Arizona Press. Dr. Konrad is past president of both the Association of Borderlands Studies and the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, and recipient of the Donner Medal. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Borderlands Studies and the Borders in Globalization Review. Victor Konrad is the culture lead for the Borders in Globalization Project.