Cut – 7 dividing lines

CUT – 7 dividing lines | Photographic installation | 2007

CYPRUS: GREEN LINE, KOSOVO: NORTH-SOUTH MITROVICA, N. IRELAND: BELFAST, ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: BADME, WEST BANK, PALESTINE: WALL, INDIAN-PAKISTANI ADMINISTERED KASHMIR: LINE OF CONTROL, MEXICO-USA: BORDER FENCE

War and prejudice may divide people, but people are the same; and their lives similar on both sides of the dividing line. And yet, the Cut keeps deepening as the Walls keep rising, and globalising, in an era that promised to erase them. Seven open wounds. Seven lines on the planet where political, economic, nationalist or religious tension has long ago shaped impenetrable divisions. Some constitute natural landmarks that humans have appropriated as dividers; others are utterly artificial. A few coincide with ill-defined state borders, usually ceasefire lines. All of them are founded on unresolved issues and relentless claims. They procure fluidity, uncertainty, death. Around them, however, the desire abounds for a normal life… I travelled and stood in those places, capturing on photographic stills the two sides of each division. I flew, drove and walked for 60,000 kms. I wandered and talked to the people who live in these grey zones, in the ‘no man’s lands’. From the resulting 15,000 photographs I chose 14 (7 pairs). I set them up, each opposite its pair, creating in this manner a visual walkway; a path through these binary oppositions which tracks the aspiration to heal; to bridge; to let the mind’s eye fill in the chasm.

Danae Stratou

 

Exhibitions:

2010 

Politics of Art, National Museum of Contemporary Art. Curator Dr. Anna Kafetsi. Athens. Greece.

2008 

Transexperiences - Greece 2008, Organised by The National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST). Curator, Anna Kafetsi. 798 Space, Beijing, China. 

2007 

CUT - 7 dividing lines, Solo Exhibition, Curator: Nadja Argyropoulou. Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, Greece.

Bare Life, Curator Raphie Etgar. Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel. 

Grey, Curator Maria Marangou. Rethymnon, Greece.

1st Thessaloniki Biennale, Curator Maria Tsantsanoglou. Thessaloniki, Greece. 

 

 Collections:

- The Emfietzoglou Collection, were it is on the permanent exhibition, (Athens - Greece) 

- The National Museum of Contemporary Art, (Athens - Greece)