|Lorries waiting on the border between Italy
Italy-Slovenia: a 232-kilometre border that cuts
through an extremely varied landscape, from the Alps in the north to
the hills in the south. It is an essential stopping-off point for tourists,
a place where lorry drivers take a break, and an impromptu car park
for container trucks crossing from eastern to western Europe.
The photographs on show bear witness to a recent past (the Italian-Slovenian
border ceased to exist at midnight on 21st December 2007) and are part
of wider research carried out along the borders of the European Union.
The flow of goods and people is observed and fixed in the pauses, in
the calm of objects that seem to have been abandoned in empty, unused
spaces: the back of small factories, warehouse car parks, lay-bys or
The container as a metaphor for a world in perpetual motion, cubic metres
of shifting landscape, a geometric and standardised object that is able
to change its surrounding framework like a patch of colour.
Mobile architectures set out in a seemingly random way, occupying the
border space while changing swaths of the landscape which the Schengen
Treaty is pushing further eastwards.