Migrant Actionism and Body Configurations for Channel-Crossing
Fig. 1 (top) photograph from the Associated Press as published online in the Telegraph at 6:45 am on July 18 2015, captioned "A migrant in Calais sits under the trailer of a lorry as he attempts to cross the English Channel"; (bottom) photograph titled Mahoniflöte, 1982, from Viennese Feminist Actionist Valie Export's Körperkonfigurationen (Body Configurations) series; a photograph (Verfugung, 1976) from the same series sold for 17,000 GBP (approximately $27,000) at auction at a Christies sale in London's South Kensington on April 17, 2013.
"In these pictures, the body is not always charged with a political message, but suggests its inability to submit to and thus adapt to the architecture, by extension its inability to submit and thus adapt to the social and political architecture that shapes society."
- Encyclopedia description of Valie Export's Body Configurations.
Sources: Danny Boyle, "Calais Crisis Live. Calais Migrants: Theresa May calls for 'urgent' security upgrade as 1,500 try to storm Channel Tunnel." The Telegraph. July 29, 2015; Thomas Cyril, "Valie Export," Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Photography. Vol. 1. Ed. Lynne Warren. Oxon: Routledge, 2006, p. 469; "Valie Export (b. 1940) Verfugung, 1976." Post War and Contemporary Art, Christies, Sale 8647, Lot 336. London: South Kensington, April 17 2013.