Bringing together spoken interviews and written recollections, Land-Scar-Land investigates what it means to have had lived with a border; how the physicality of it shapes a dual identity and how difficult or sometimes forbidden it is to forget.
For many the experience of living under the border brought a deep trauma – dividing families and entrenching sides. Brexit threatens a return to a hard border, in an attempt to control the flow of people across Britain’s national boundaries.
This piece unearths memories of that place, perhaps tragic as well as touching. They materialise in front us, in a montage of hand drawn detail and exquisite CGI as we physically pass either side of this imagined line.
From either side of the border the opposing worlds physically and visually shifts, registering the scars of the structures on the landscape and in the minds of those who experienced its effects.
In the context of the fierce language around borders, not only in Europe but across the world, Land-Scar-Land is timely and powerful experience of living architecture, an idea made real, dynamically illustrated through the emotional prism of memory.