• The European Border is a collection of images taken along the Bulgaria-Turkey border zone. Primarily shot at night, the video and sixteen photographs convey my impressions of this boundary region, which I visited for five days as part of a month-long artist residency based in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

    The images are juxtaposed with short texts that are inspired by international treaties signed between 1878 and 1925. These accords shaped and reshaped the lines between Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire/Turkey and determined the conditions under which the border zone was created. They reveal the influence of major powers such as Great Britain, France, Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Russia and the Ottoman Empire in the region, underscoring its strategic value and contentious past.
    Today, the border zone is defined by its role as the southeastern frontier of the European Union, where border police, surveillance technology, and 270 km of fencing have been deployed to prevent undocumented migration into the EU. All the while, the Kapitan Andreevo-Kapıkule checkpoint remains one of the busiest land border crossings in the world.
    Video and photo research project, Full HD video, loop (5 min 47 sek), 16 photos, 29x19cm, digital print on Alu-Dibond, Plovdiv/Swilengrad, Bulgaria 2021

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