Birds (The Fence)

In the same way as a street defined by urban planners is transformed into a space by the action of those walking along it, a line marked on a map that establishes a country’s territory is transformed into a border by the action of negating the other, the alien, the “outsider”.

The aim is to prioritise the logic of ambiguity, the logic that turns the border into a crossing, the river into a bridge, the door that closes into one that we open. With the conviction that every space is transformed by actions. Using this logic and this process, the border, the dividing line, creates communication at the same time as separation. The border starts to function as a third entity, a place between two, a play of interactions and cross glimpses, a symbol of exchanges and encounters.

The proposal for the pavilion consists of two juxtaposed scenes. An all-encompassing, static scene of a map covering the floor that contrasts with the scene of the specific everyday action of migrants waiting like birds perched on the electricity lines, just before crossing the border from Morocco into the Spanish cities of Ceuta and Melilla, which forms the skin.

The floor covering is a satellite view of the strait of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean. The idea is to position the view, or the map of our blue planet, in an east-west direction rather than the conventional north-south orientation on modern maps, to offer us a new perspective.

The skin of the pavilion, which delimits the “territory”, is a light metal structure with a series of silhouettes of men perched atop a symbolic fence: symbolic because it is both hollow and permeable.

The anthropomorphic silhouettes will be mirror-like, to introduce the theatre of reflected actions and play with the spectator’s ability to identify with him or herself and with the other.

Access to the interior of the pavilion space is through a double door that imitates the gates of a medieval city, positioned just above the strait of Gibraltar.



Country/Region Spain

Curator Felisa de Blas Gómez

Curatorial Team Cayetano Astasio Palacio, Mercedes de Blas Gómez, Mar Aguilar García, Ana María Arcas Espejo, Juan Antonio Bernal Tena, Ana Ezqueta Figueroa, David Mortol Moreno

Artists Felisa de Blas Gómez

photo (c)RESAD, (c) RESAD