April 29- May 21, 2016
Pfzer building, 630 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, New York
Sofia Al Maria
In international law, the term extraterritoriality refers to those instances where a state extends its jurisdiction or effective control over zones, individuals or activities beyond its borders. The concept may apply to military movements of foreign soil as well as to embassies or diplomats in the form of diplomatic immunity. Extraterritoriality is therefore rooted in the concept of sovereignty, although it is usually considered as its violation.
Today, territorial fragments have been set apart and reinvigorated by improvised barricades, temporary boundaries, or invisible security apparatuses. Instead of its edges clearly defined by continuous lines, political spaces have now grown to resemble a territorial plaid of isolated areas located side by side, each within the other, simultaneously and in unprecedented proximities.
The colonial present is simultaneously marked by increased deterritorialization and trans-border connectivity for the global rich and increased territorialized segregation and exclusion for the global poor. Instead of the illusionary promise of a smooth and networked “flat world,” we have found ourselves negotiating the fragments of a fenced-up apartheid planet.
Future Memories reflects upon a notion of segregation and exclusion. Within the framework of territorial dilemmas, the exhibition explores the concepts of control, identity, habitat and, belonging throughout the works of artist and architects.