TERMINATOR - studies for a topography of twilight zones


The project for the bi-personal show Boundless - that aimed to investigate the ambiguous nature of border as a fleeting, mutable and never static concept – takes its beginning from a long and accurate research looking for stories of refugees in an attempt to identify momentary borderlines throughout the territories, that they are travelling across.
A first reflection took cue from the thoughts of Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher who claimed that the dynamism of reality is based on the conflict of opposites; that the transition between these two is but a never fixed line. Just like the twilight zone, Terminator, an astronomical phenomenon configuring the shift from night to day and constantly in movement due to the rotation of the Earth. By definition containing both light and darkness, and also called the shadow line, which in this context could be a metaphor for the passage between two nations, two states, where you find a sort of suspension of identity; where refugees become shadows in a no man's land.
The work is a topographical documentation of some of these crossings, historical as current, represented by their precise identification on Google Earth as they occur today according to the photographs taken by the satellite’s latest passage, found by a cross checking of articles, photos and videos on internet, and highlights how they appear objectively impassive compared to the dramas that there have been taking place.
By re-elaborating the satellite images, the work reconnects to the starting point in its formalization by taking into account the two qualities that contribute in creating the image - the two opposites, light and darkness, that by superposition create the shadow that is the only clue to the third dimension.
To the long vanishing line that the 12 drawings is composing, has been added, but isolated from from the others, a thirteenth, smaller drawing representing the The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden by Masaccio, the only one in which the human figure is present, becoming the key for interpretation of the work:
The archetype of migration that has taking place on the surface of Earth from the very beginning of history of human kind.

Bi-personal show Boundless
LOCALEDUE Gallery, Bologna IT
Curated by Katia Baraldi.

Solo show
MAGMA Contemporary Art Space, Sfântu-Gheorghe RO

Curated by Kispál Attila.

 The 12 momentary borderlines identificated on Google Earth:

  • Ellis Island, New York, 1892 - 1954
    (Image acquisition: 6/16/2016);
  • Munkerup beach, north coast of Zealand, Denmark, October 2th, 1943
    (Image acquisition: 9/13/2016);
  • Wagah, The Gran Truk Road passing the border between Pakistan and India, from August 1947
    (Image acquisition: 10/10/2017);
  • Thule camp, former Umanaq settlement, Greenland 1953
    (Image acquisition: 7/29/2016);
  • Berlin Wall, August 13, 1961 – November 1989
    (Image acquisition: 3/28/2017);
  • Friendship Park, Tijuana, border between Mexico and USA, 1971 – 2009, then again from 2012
    (Image acquisition: 11/18/2016);
  • Nangpa La Pass, border between Tibet (China) and Nepal, September 30th, 2006
    (Image acquisition: 12/3/2016);
  • Eurotunnel (Coquelle) between France and Great Britain, august 28th, 2015
    (Image acquisition: 5/10/2017);
  • River Suva Reka, close to the border between Greece and Macedoni, March 14th, 2016
    (Image acquisition: 2/11/2016);
  • River Naf, border between Myanmar and Bangladesh, from August 25th, 2017
    (Image acquisition: 2/15/2017);
  • Lake Tanganyika in Kagunga, village in Kigoma, May 18th, 2015
    (Image acquisition: 6/26/2016);
  • El Gatrun, Libya, ongoing
    (Image acquisition: 11/19/2014);
  • ‘Paraphrasing’ on The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden by Masaccio.
Technique: Charcoal pencils on white FA Fabriano 50 % cotton paper.