Border crossing (2016)

Border Crossing is an interactive installation work. Its development was motivated by reports from the BBC that Syrian refugee children are manufacturing clothing for fast fashion retailers such as ASOS, Mango and Marks and Spencer. The taped border in front of the banner creates a threshold that prompts viewers to consider who made their clothes. This installation plays with the audience’s desire to be qualified to enter the space while simultaneously evoking a sense of guilt and uncertainty as viewers physically negotiate whether or not they’re eligible to do so. From this encounter viewers might begin to question their values in order to expect transparency and ethical labour practices from the clothing brands they support.  

Digital print on polyester satin

(182cm x 132cm)

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EMILY McGUIRE