In explaining the works in Anna H. Geerdes: Borderline at Compass Gallery in Glasgow, her third solo exhibition, the artist writes, ‘Borders and boundaries always have a visceral, physical reality, but also a deep symbolic meaning. On the one hand they might provide safety, security, a sense of familiarity and home. On the other they can exclude, confine and distort the way we think of other human beings beyond the divide. While our world seems to be more interconnected than ever, walls go up faster than ever in our communal history.’ Pointing out that at least 65 countries – more than a third of the world’s nation states, have built barriers along their borders – she continues, ‘Despite the free flow of trade and money, somehow the freedom of people to cross borders is more and more seen as problematic and dangerous.’
The exhibition was postponed due to lockdown, and Anna has used the interregnum to complete a larger and stronger set of work, focusing on the disturbing politics around immigration and border-crossing, that faces countries around the world. Describing herself as a border-crosser, she takes a look at the concerning assertion in Tim Marshall’s book Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls.