Migration as Avant Garde

By 02/04/2019April 5th, 2019Photobooks

‘Migration as Avant Garde’
Michael Danner
Verlag Kettler

120 pages
200 x 310 mm
ISBN 9783862067183




In “Migration as Avant-Garde”, Michael Danner introduces the people that make up migration, as well as those that influence, prevent, channel, or impact a migrant’s humanity. This includes, first and foremost, the emigrants themselves who initially choose to cross a border, as well as the societies that make up their final destination; among them the border police, agents of the state, and mass media. His work creates areas of tension between our fears and hopes, and leads the viewer to questions about history and identity. The work also investigates the function and construction of images that are a part of how we perceive the world. This work is not a final assessment of the topic, but rather creates space for dialogue and should encourage a social debate that goes beyond the actual subject.

Danner’s photographs are accompanied by quotes from the political theorist Hannah Arendt, historical image documents of refugees from public archives, as well as UNO satellite pictures from crisis regions. These depict an even wider spectrum of actors, which are interlaced to create a complete system.


About the Artist
Danner’s artistic works adopt political and anthropological approaches, in which he investigates contested sites and histories. The work takes the form of photographs and moving image, which often include archive material and text and are intertwined into multilayered systems.


About the Publisher
Verlag Kettler is a publishing house that combines first-rate, high-quality production with custom design. Relying on close personal cooperation with artists, exhibiting institutions, photographers, and designers;  their publications testify passion for the special book that is exacting aesthetically and in its content.