Mobility and Migration in Film and Moving Image Art
Fig. 1. Mobility and Migration in Film and Moving Image Art. Courtesy of Routledge, 2015.

Routledge published a book titled "Mobility and Migration in Film and Moving Image Art: Cinema Beyond Europe" written by Nilgun Bayraktar.

Publication Data

Bayraktar, Nilgun. Mobility and Migration in Film and Moving Image Art: Cinema Beyond Europe. Routledge, 2015. ISBN: 9781138858831.


Joining attention to aesthetic experimentation with a focus on sociopolitical concerns, Mobility and Migration in Film and Moving Image Art offers a detailed account of the ways recent cinematic and artistic works engage Europe’s increasingly diverse and complex relationship to migration. With a focus on projects that explore the sociopolitical tensions that have surrounded migration in Europe since the 1990s, Nilgün Bayraktar draws on theories of migrant and diasporic cinema, projected image art, and mobility studies to provide historically situated close readings of films, videos, and cinematic installations that concern migratory networks, infrastructures, and places across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Probing the notion of Europe as a coherent entity and a borderless space that enables free movement, this interdisciplinary study underscores the ways European ideals of mobility and fluidity are deeply enmeshed with immobility, forced migration, illegalization, inequality, racism, and xenophobia. With a specific focus on diverse forms of mobility such as labor migration, postcolonial migration, undocumented migration, and tourism, this book studies the new counter-hegemonic imaginations invoked by the work of established filmmakers such as Ayse Polat, Fatih Akin, Michael Haneke, and Tony Gatlif as well as video essays and installations of artists such as Kutlug Ataman, Ursula Biemann, Maria Iorio and Raphaël Cuomo, and Ergin Çavusoglu. Challenging aesthetic boundaries as well as national and cultural ones, the works analyzed depict Europe as always complex, heterogeneous, and decentered. Ultimately, Bayraktar demonstrates the degree to which recent transformations in the cinematic form parallel Europe’s concurrent geopolitical transformations: Just as the borders of contemporary Europe have multiplied and become highly flexible and widely dispersed, the aesthetic and institutional borders between cinema and art have also become blurred, producing a new form of moving image art that defies easy categorization.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Cinematic and Artistic Takes on Migration and Mobility in Contemporary Europe 
Part I. Transnational Flows in Cinema 
1. Cross-Border Mobility and Confinement in Turkish German Cinema: Countess Sophia Hatun and The Edge of Heaven 
2. Performative Encounters and Mediated Memories in Maghrebi French Cinema: Exiles and Hidden 
Part II. Fragmented Journeys in Moving Image Art 
3. Location and Urban Marginalityin the Site-Specific Video Installation Küba 
4. Tourism and Undocumented Migration in Southern Europe: The Video Essay Sudeuropa 
5. Social Infrastructures of Undocumented Mobility in the Multiscreen Video Installation Sahara Chronicle Afterword: Points of Departure

About the Author

Nilgün Bayraktar is an Assistant Professor in the Visual Studies Program at the California College of the Arts. She received her PhD in Performance Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Film & Media Studies from University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on transnational cinema, migratory aesthetics, film/video installations, site-specific art, new media, and performance.

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