English version below
CANEDERLI / KNöDEL
COMING TO HOMERICA
Townspeople build a wall around Springfield to keep “immigrants” from Ogdenville from relocating to their town.
OUR WALLED WORLD
from The Guardian:
“Almost a quarter of a century after the Iron Curtain came down, the walls are going up again. In steel and concrete, with watchtowers and barbed wire, mankind is building separation barriers at a rate perhaps unequalled in history – at least 6,000 miles in the last decade alone, according to a Guardian analysis.
Now, in a unique project, Guardian journalists have visited 10 of the most controversial, striking, contested and extraordinary walls, from the US-Mexican border to the West Bank, and from Europe’s eastern and southern frontiers to the divided cities of Homs and Belfast. We have tried to establish why these new divisions are going up now, in an age when globalisation was supposed to tear the barriers down – particularly when, as history shows, walls rarely did what they set out to do.”
Security as one of the principal human needs has throughout history driven man to develop new ways to keep himself safe.
One way used to ensure security has been to create territories in order to separate areas attributed to different groups of individuals. The means used to define these borders vary in function of the need to make of them a binding reality and mark a clear and distinct separation.
Throughout history, the territories evolved further by fragmentation to become the territory of a single person; the private property. This is the result of the individualisation of occidental societies which impel these space delimitation to become narrower even while nation-wide frontiers open up and new separations appear around the globe, tearing groups apart.
This ever-increasing partitioning of space has brought the need to symbolise separations and physical borders to vanish with time. It is the case of a crime scene for instance where the territory is created by the need of preserving an area temporarily.
This set of pictures aims to challenge this notion of territory and the meaning it still carries. Questioning the social need of fragmentation of space by opposing the symbolism of ephemeral and exceptionally created territories with the natural and urban vastness of the US. While carrying an amused glance on the absurdness of territorial limits, the spectator is brought to wonder about the merits of delimitation which are sometimes claimed, sometimes enforced.