Sunday, May 13, 2007

New Europe in Rome

New Europe is the name of this piece I did for Editing Project organized throughout 2005-2007 in Gorizia and finished in Rome last month... Gorizia (Italy) and Nova Gorica (Slovenia) are two towns which at the end of the Second World War were only one town and got in a Berlin-like situation when the border between the two countries was drawn through the city.
Now things are radically changing as the crossing points at the border are being closed down and people are free to chose where they want to live, work study or just have dinner.

As an answer to this situation I have created a blackboard arrow which allows people to write anything they want on it. This can be wiped off and replaced by different words putting the person writing in a powerful position, with the rights of deciding over directions. The blackboard arrow underlines the relativity of geography and ideas in relation to time and history

I have taken the arrow in different spots in the two towns and photographed it with various words written on it. These photographs were then exhibited in Rome next to the arrow which functioned as a basic interactive installation giving the people the chance to write anything they wanted on it.

Photos of the exhibition by Chiara Scategni

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