Andreas Rutkauskas | Abandoned Customs Brokerage and port of Entry. Noyes, Minnesota
2014 | Inkjet Paper | 24 x 20”
From the ‘Borderline’ series, Abandoned Customs Brokerage and Port of Entry. Noyes, Minnesota offers a visual meditation on the Canadian and USA boarder - one of the longest shared borders in the world. The desolate site reflects the challenges to monitoring and controlling movement across remote stretches of land. This particular border, located in Minnesota, is pertinent to the recent migratory influxes that hit Manitoba, as refugees fled the USA following the election of Donald Trump.
Andreas Rutkauskas uses photography and video to portray the physical and psychological effects of technology, including surveillance technologies used at borders that monitor and regulate movement of bodies; topographical and GPS technologies that assist with planning and navigation, and the photographic document itself, as a representation technology that brings disparate landscapes into the setting of gallery, home or studio. Born in Winnipeg, Rutkauskas completed his MFA at Concordia University in Montreal and currently teaches at the Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary. His work has been shown widely in Canada with a forthcoming solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa (November, 2017). Rutkauskas has also been included in international exhibitions in Mexico, Switzerland, the US, and England.
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