Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BEAUTY: Photography--Valerio Vincenzo

Valerio Vincenzo spent eight years and and traveled 10,000 miles documenting the internal borders of the EU for his photographic series Borderline, the Frontiers of Peace.

The Artist Statement for this project:
"Since the signature of the Schengen Agreements in 1985, the borders of most of the European continent have been erased little by little from the landscapes and people’s imaginations. These Agreements are a giant leap in the progressive unification of Europe and the emergence of a European conscience.

Today, with 26 countries belonging to the Schengen Area, 16,500 km of borders can be freely crossed. The attribution of the Nobel Peace Prize to Europe in 2012 has confirmed the historical importance of this slow, almost imperceptible, but radical change.

With the help of a GPS and detailed maps, I have conducted many trips along these "erased" borderlines, with the intention of capturing the essence of these now-peaceful crossings. Even if sometimes these pictures have been taken thousands of km away from each other, they all provide images that are far from the stereotype that we tend to associate with the notion of border. What is a border anyway?"

And that must be the exact question that rooster is thinking as it crosses the invisible border between Belgium and the Netherlands...

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