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  2. A Line Through It (Ongoing):

    In this work I wanted to contrast the concept of nation with reality, and I decided a national borderline is the best place to do this. At such a border two national identities abruptly start and stop, and as a result I could compare this sudden conceptual divide with the physical landscape it’s fastened to. In a number of images I have inserted the respective nations’ flags to bring this abstract idea directly into the natural world. Nation’s existence isn’t subtle on maps, in symbolism, on passports nor often in our minds. And as a result, I didn’t want to give it a sophisticated existence in my images, sitting subtly in the landscape. Instead I wanted to bring it bluntly into reality and ask, how comfortably does nation sit alongside nature?

    Nation’s existence struggles on the border. Exploring this landscape I found it constantly being undermined. The plant and animal life are oblivious to the divide, neither the snow, the water nor the sky change from one side to the other. The symbols, markers and monuments we construct to identify the division are ground down by the elements and slowly dissolved, while the natural features we peg the borderline to are on the move, disconnecting themselves from the concept. The rocks reference how different this geographical space once was, and how unrecognisable it will become again. They also represent how fleeting these ideas are, and how insignificant their presence is in time. Ordinary human life criss crosses the borderline, and it seems to me if left, would soon start to dilute and break these ideas down. When considered alongside reality nation appears out of place, its existence in nature contradicted by its own rigidity.

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