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Cut – 7 Dividing Lines

Photographic Installation

Curator: Maria Maragou

Exhibition: Grey

Zoumboulakis Galleries

Athens, Greece, 2007

Cut – 7 dividing lines comprises seven pairs of photographs printed on large transparencies which were set opposite each other in order to create a visual pathway. The artist travelled in seven fault lines around the world capturing on photographic stills the two sides of each division. The trips were realized in the year of 2006 at the following places: Cyprus: Green Line, Kosovo: North- South Mitrovica, Northern Ireland: Belfast, Ethiopia- Eritrea: Badme, West Bank- Palestine: Wall, Indian – Pakistani Administered Kashmir: Line of Control, Mexico- US : Border Fence

Cut – 7 dividing lines was initially exhibited in Athens at Zoumboulakis Galleries, in the context of, and parallel to the group exhibition Grey, hosted by the House of Cyprus in collaboration with Rethymnon Contemporary Art Centre (RCA). Participating artists were coming from both Greece and Cyprus.

War and prejudice may divide people, but people are the same; and their lives similar on both sides of the dividing line. And yet, the Cut keeps deepening as the Walls keep rising, and globalising, in an era that promised to erase them. Seven open wounds. Seven lines on the planet where political, economic, nationalist or religious tension has long ago shaped impenetrable divisions. Some constitute natural landmarks that humans have appropriated as dividers; others are utterly artificial. A few coincide with ill-defined state borders, usually ceasefire lines. All of them are founded on unresolved issues and relentless claims. They procure fluidity, uncertainty, death. Around them, however, the desire abounds for a normal life… I travelled and stood in those places, capturing on photographic stills the two sides of each division. I flew, drove and walked for 60,000 kms. I wandered and talked to the people who live in these grey zones, in the ‘no man’s lands’. From the resulting 15,000 photographs I chose 14 (7 pairs). I set them up, each opposite its pair, creating in this manner a visual walkway; a path through these binary oppositions which tracks the aspiration to heal; to bridge; to let the mind’s eye fill in the chasm.

Danae Stratou

The project Cut – 7 dividing lines has been exhibited widely including:

The Solo Exhibition:

Cut – 7 dividing lines. Curator: Maria Maragou. Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, Greece, 2007.

 The Group Exhibitions:

Home / Hope, Larnaca Biennale 2023. Curator: Yev Kravt, Larnaca, Cyprus, 2023.

Politics of Art. Curator: Anna Kafetsi. National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST). Athens, Greece, 2010.

Bare Life. Curator: Raphie Etgar. Museum on the Seam. Jerusalem, Israel, 2007.

1st Thessaloniki Biennale. Curator: Maria Tsantsanoglou. Thessaloniki, Greece, 2007.

Grey. Curator: Maria Maragou. Rethymnon, Greece, 2007.

Cut-7 Dividing Lines (acquired 2007-09 respectively), belongs to the permanent collections of:

The National Museum of Contemporary Art / EMST, Athens, Greece, The Emfietzoglou Art Collection, Athens Greece, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki Greece.