Bringing together spoken interviews and written recollections, Land-Scar-Land investigates what it means to have lived with a border, how its physicality shapes a dual identity, and how difficult – and sometimes forbidden – it is to forget.
Along the 310 miles from Donegal to Dundalk, an imaginary line divides Ireland. There are 282 points of permeation.
For many, the experience of living on either side of the border brought a deep trauma – dividing families and entrenching sides. In an attempt to control the flow of people across Britain’s national boundaries, Brexit threatens a return to a hard border.
This piece unearths memories of that place – 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 shift – registering the scars on 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 a timely and powerful experience of living architecture, an idea made real, dynamically illustrated through the emotional prism of memory.
Presently in development.