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Territories of Complicity

Territories of Complicity takes the free port as referential starting point to explore how covert systems, technological infrastructures, and zones of exception shape our economic, socio-political realities. As a dynamic crossroads for global circulatory systems, with its camouflaged jurisdictions and opportunistic exemptions, the free port not only refers to the state’s complicity in authorizing and securing global capitalism, but also functions as a counter-image to the stalled movements of migration. Against the backdrop of increasing nationalism and populist demands for immigration caps and walls—ostensibly to protect national economies and values—the featured projects investigate the long-standing relations between the organization of space, accumulation of wealth, and racialized control of bodies.

Territories of Complicity was coproduced with Abandon Normal Devices, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, The Influencers, and STRP as part of the New Networked Normal with the support of the Creative Europe program of the European Union.

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Hate Library

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