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Lines of Migration

Lines of Migration © EP 2023

Malta, 2020

Collage diptych - montage on handmade paper, 160 × 250 cm

Purchased from the artist in 2023

Lines of Migration consists of 18 (A3) handmade collage works on paper, interweaving a variety of tactile materials, including stitching threads, tapes, texts, drawings and cut-outs, mounted on raw hand-made paper. Tactility plays a vital role in her concept particularly since this work was produced during the Covd-19 pandemic when the world had to resort to remote and socially distanced forms of contact. The work unites various threads of migration and lines of flight be they human or bird. During the pandemic, the question of migration became even more polemical and borders more tenuous, with a new order of regimentality guarding over people’s movement and space. The composition gathers fragments of these ongoing narratives mapping a visual tapestry of broken and connective stories.

Ruth BIANCO : Lines of Migration, 2020-2021 - On display in Parlamentarium, Brussels

Lines of Migration


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    (…) the intrinsic value of culture and of artistic expression should always be preserved and promoted and that artistic creation is at the heart of cooperation projects. European Parliament legislative resolution of 28 March 2019 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Creative Europe programme (2021 to 2027) and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1295/2013 (COM(2018)0366 – C8 0237/2018 – 2018/0190(COD))

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    After the European Parliament ratified the withdrawal agreement on 29 January, the UK leaves the EU about three and a half years after voters supported the move in a referendum.

    As of 1 February, the number of EU member states is 27 and the term of office of UK MEPs ends. The number of MEPs is 705 (previously 751), as some of the UK seats are allocated to existing member states to reflect demographic changes, while others are kept in reserve for when another country joins the EU.

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