Proposal for a New Boundary

Aleks Stanek

In the 'Proposal for a New Boundary’, artist and writer Aleks Stanek parodies her experience of migratory assimilation through a series of attempts to create a dwelling on the cliffs of Dover. The Sisyphean enterprise is doomed from the beginning as foreshadowed by a string of clues: the Dover Express newspaper torn out of her hands by coastal winds; the falling over of the tent and laundry. Acting somewhere between court jester and parasite, Stanek — a literal eyesore — indulges in absurdity as the lead in this comedy of errors. In the centre, a wall — wheeled in on a trolley with an oblivious, almost negligent hopefulness — reminds the viewer of the staples of anti-immigrant rhetoric rising globally with the level of the sea it is positioned against. Not lost on the artist is the nonchalance with which the accidentally filmed tourists, and indeed herself, interact with the pastoral site of the cliff and the camping site. The camera captures the coast of Calais on the other side of the English Channel. 'Proposal for a New Boundary' is a visual thesis on the redundancy of nationalism, from the standpoint of a landscape to which we are all alien.

About the Artist

Aleks Stanek

Aleks Stanek (b.1994, Gdansk) is an artist and writer based in London. Permeated by migratory experiences, her practice has included running two hundred miles along a border line, piloting drones over the English Channel, and transporting a wall to a cliffside. Investigating sites through reverse archeology and fictional forensics, Stanek navigates the limits of personal and political spaces on top of which carefully layered, intertextual, and occasionally self-referential narratives are built. Drawn to the proximities between allegory and actuality, Stanek’s lens-based work lends itself to the examination of the body and the landscape through themes of globalisation, surveillance, and the gaze.