Bordered Miles is an exhibition and day-long, live-streamed group walk from the centre of Glasgow to Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre, approximately 26 miles south of the city. An extension of Iman Tajik’s ongoing interest in making work for the public realm, the walk invites participants, both physically and virtually, to pay close attention to the movement of bodies as a natural right of any species.
Bordered Miles emphasises the ways that bodily movement crosses or is constrained by multiple borders, both visible and invisible. Tajik’s work frequently focuses on these socio-political divisions and this project scrutinises the ways in which these borders affect some far more than others. The walk itself involves a small group of participants, as well as being live-streamed online, and there is also an exhibition of related works taking place as part of Glasgow International.
Bordered Miles concludes as the physical participants arrive at the Immigration Removal Centre to raise and fly a flag made by Tajik out of an emergency safety blanket as a symbol of reclaiming that political space.
Co-developed in partnership with Deveron Projects
Awarded the Glasgow International 2020 Graduate Bursary
Supported by Creative Scotland, Glasgow International, Hope Scott Trust, The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Project manager: Natalie Nicolaides
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International Refugee Day Sunday 20th June from Glasgow City Centre to Dungavel House Immigrant Removal CentreA day-long walk as part of artist Iman Tajik’s Glasgow International Project 2021. Bordered Miles is a durational, participatory performance walk. As an extension of Tajik’s ongoing interest in making work for the public realm, the walk invites participants both virtually and physically to experience the movement of bodies as the natural right of any species. In this year’s Glasgow International iteration, the walk will be conducted by Tajik and a small group of participants and will be a point of view live stream directly to Glasgow International's online platform. As physical and virtual participants, we will be interacting with a series of very short performative aspects along the journey as we follow Tajik across this meditative path exploring the notion of borders as liminal spaces where freedom of movement conflicts with geopolitical boundaries. The live-streamed walk will culminate at Dungavel House Immigrant Removal Centre, a place where movement has been prohibited in Scotland where, together with virtual the participants, we will raise the emergency blanket flag, a symbol of reclaiming that political space. As a monument to nationalism, the flag is an item of pride but also acts as an illustrator of borders. By creating a new flag from the emergency blanket, and reducing it to its bare condition, Tajik observes the structure of the flag as it waves in the wind, querying the weight of the borders, how they divide us and yet liquid like they can be. The walk from George Square (the town centre of Glasgow), to Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre, is approximately 22 miles long and a total duration of 8 to 10 hours. Although early training is recommended, we will have stops for coffee and bathroom breaks as well as a lunch break throughout the walk. East Kilbride station is an ideal point to join the walk as this is approximately three hours from George Square and five to seven hours from the Dungavel House Immigrant Removal Centre. There will be emergency transport if required via a vehicle escort and a bus service to return the walkers to Glasgow City Centre between 7pm and 8pm. Please consider looking at the Walking essentials page for more information on what you should bring along with you and what to expect. When booking please note that spaces are extremely limited. You can book a ticket for the physical walk here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bordered-miles-walk-tickets-159161072051 Or click here for the live stream link (https://www.instagram.co m/tv/CQWoNt0ATGv/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link) Alternatively you can download the map and information for a self directed walk to Dungavel House IRC available here. Please note that when you sign up to walk with us, you are doing so at your own risk. This event supports the Scottish Detainee Visitors, which is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) that supports people detained by the immigration service in Scotland and influences policy on detention. This event is free, but if you have the means we suggest a minimum donation of £10. All donations will go to support for Dungavel detainees to top-up their telephone credit which can be found following the link to the Scottish Detainee Visitors donation page. If you are unable to attend the walk and would still like to make a donation this can be done online at the Scottish Detainee Visitors website. More information about the Scottish Detainee Visitors organisation can be found here. This project is supported by Glasgow International, Creative Scotland, Listen Gallery, Hope Scott Trust and developed in collaboration with Deveron Projects. Special thanks to: Claudia Zeiske, Sarah Smith, Sophie Suliman, Scottish Detainee Visitors and Global Justice Glasgow for their ongoing support amidst the pandemic. Project manager: Natalie Nicolaides Illustration by @KirkwoodBrothers
The Walk documation20 of June 2021, photographs and copyright by Alexander Champell and Mohammad.
Scottish Refugee Council