New video documentary BORDERLAND, recorded in June 2008 for Aequadorlab, in Espacio Arte Actual, Space for Contemporary Art in Quito, Ecuador. Espacio Arte Actual is the ideal place to turn into practice the idea of favourable meetings between cultural producers, academics and members of the civilian society.
B O R D E R L A N D
BORDERLAND is a video documentary of what remain of the borderline and the frontier posts between Italy and Slovenia in Gorizia and Nova Gorica after 21st December 2007, date of the entrance of Slovenia in Schengen Accord area.
Borderland in Espacio Arte Actual
The video show the different frontier posts located on the border: the frontier in the centre of the city, that was before pedestrian precinct, became the heavy road traffic way that cross the borderline; the duty commercial frontier, where before all the trucks had to stop, became a fluent traffic road; the frontier that present houses between the Italian and Slovenian frontier posts, so houses that were inside the no-man’s land; the frontier on the route of a country street, that we can recognize only because of an lifted up border barrier presence; the frontier on the railway; the frontier on the top of a hill in a small village or in a valley outside the city; the frontier neglected in the middle of the countryside. Sometimes the fence of the border is still there. Sometimes the borderline is unrecognizable. No one more is standing guard over the border, so the road blocks are empty: new non-places. The video on purpose start with the view of the tangible borderline in the city and end with the view of the abandoned frontier post in the countryside: it’s the same journey – by images – of the history of the border: a border that is vanishing.
still from video
production Michele Drascek
photography Maja Slavec
thanks to Ajda Es