ACROSS THE BORDER
Ongoing project, started 2009
*Photo and Video documentation
Transforming flags’ specific nature of identifying a country and its population into an object of connection through a partecipative process. The word on each flag connects the place of the performance with another place on the planet sharing some affinities suggested by each performer. Designs are agreed during interviews with performers as well and each flag is stitched by local workers.
Srilanka, Mongolia, Italy, Hungary, Cina, Romania, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Spain, Bosna y Herzegovna, Republic of korea, Russia, Germany, Poland
Across The Border is a participatory project that transforms the specific nature of flags – the identification of a territory and its population – in a spontaneous connection tool. The word on each flag, suggested by the performer or by a local person interviewed previously, it is in fact chosen to ideally connect the place of performance with another place on the planet with which it shares some characteristics. The contents are not limited and those chosen vary from geographical references to puns, irony, criticism or awareness while places assume different meanings depending on the performers’ intentions: sometimes they have a precise meaning, while sometimes the city or the nation itself have greater significance, referring to conflicting issues such as ideologies and relativism.
National identity is a major debate everywhere in contemporary society and maybe it has always been, probably because as human beings we need to know who we are, and therefore we want to define who the ‘others’ are in order to simplify things. Populistic movements are on the rise in many countries and not only in Europe, where we can experience this trend especially in those countries suffering an economical stagnation or recession.
In this scenario is difficult to define wether National identity or separatism are a benefit for the community and when, on the other hand, are just a way to reach mediation between political or economic elites pushing voters towards narrow minded ideologies and behaviors.
The design of each flag is agreed with performers too and each flag is sewed by local workers underlying the importance of the individual and of sharing in opposition to bureaucratic schemes of National borders. The project is therefore referred to a new shared identity, outlined by the circulation of informations and experiences, narrating contemporary-age and its appearance in a straightforward way.