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We are extremely grateful to the University of Oxford’s Border Criminologies project for sharing the proceeds of their book ‘Bordered lives’ with us.

Drawing on material from the Immigration Detention Archive Professor Mary Bosworth, Professor of Global Art History Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll and Christoph Balzar published Bordered Lives: Immigration Detention Archive earlier this year.

Bordered Lives gives a home to artworks produced by people in detention that would otherwise have been destroyed. While photography of detention remains highly restricted, these first-hand visual representations tell the human story of immigration detention in a powerful, original way.

Buy the beautiful artist’s edition for your coffee table, or hold your own exhibition of Bordered Lives prints and support AVID’s work to train and support volunteer visitors to people in detention across the UK as well as Migrant Artists Mutual Aid.

“This powerful and timely book [...] provides an insight into the inner world of a private run institution and its residents’ narratives of escape, fear, incarceration, and their yet unrealized visions of hope. This is a valuable resource for anyone interested in migration or detention, or creative responses to these experiences.” — Edmund Clark, artist and author of Negative Publicity and My Shadow’s Reflection

Photo: Drawing by an unnamed person detained at IRC Campsfield House

Artist’s edition

An artist’s edition of the book is available from Win Win Art Agency and Gallery. This limited edition 144-page hardcover is silkscreen printed and signed.

View the artist’s edition

Photo: Photograph of property room at IRC Colnbrook overlaid with image of women by an unnamed person held there.

A ready-made exhibition

A limited edition box set of all images in the series is also available to purchase as a ready-made exhibition.

It includes high quality prints of each piece of art, so you can showcase the work in any space

View the archive box

The Making of Bordered Lives

In this video Mary and Khadija discuss the process of making the art book.

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