A migration system breaking all European borders is a research based on the strategies adopted in the last decades by the European Union to protect the spontaneous migrations of the fauna. While facing a tough political debate on borders control and migration, Europe is adding a fine layer over the existing infrastructural network: a layer made of ecoducts, bridges and monitoring devices, built to cross highways and national borders and meant for animals but often used by humans. These bridges constitute a structure that allows animals to cross human-made barriers safely.
The idea of connecting all over Europe – trying to organise the fauna’s migration – represents a paradox in reference to the contemporary events regarding the United Europe. A migration system breaking all European borders, making use of the structure organised for the fauna, aims to interrogate on the structure of our contemporary Europe and the elements that constitutes it.
Who? Marina Caneve
Docking April 18 till May 8 2018
Working on Beautiful Bridges
Marina Caneve (1988) is an artist focusing on photography with an interdisciplinary approach. She graduated from the IUAV – University of Architecture in Venice (2013) and from the KABK – Royal Academy of Arts, Den Haag (2017).
Caneve’s work has been exhibited internationally at institutions such as La Biennale di Venezia (Venice, 2016), Matèria gallery (Rome, 2016), ALT.+1000 (Switzerland, 2015), Fondazione Benetton (Treviso, 2014), Savignano Immagini Festival (Savignano, 2014), Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice, 2013).
Hans van der Meer,
Lecture Photography at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
"When I met Marina Caneve in September 2015 as one of my third year students at the Royal Academy of Art she started to work on a project around Eco bridges. Due to a better understanding of how ecosystems work we realize nowadays how catastrophic borders function in nature. Highways, railroads or serried cultivated areas hamper migration of animal species. To restore the ecological network across Europe countries started to link areas. Exactly in that same month September 2015 human migration became a hot topic because of the war in Syria. The dramatic way things developed in these months made any comparison cacophonic. It was also a bizarre coincidence that Paradise was the overall theme that year of the mutual exhibition of the students at the end of the semester. Marina made a subtle hint in her presentation in the way infrared cameras played a role in detecting streams of not only animal but also human migration around borders.
It is that search for a personal subtle tone of voice that makes her projects for me so interesting. Trough her work she shows human vulnerability as a consequence of political failures, mostly in environmental issues. She found a way of photographic storytelling in which complex issues are reconstructed and presented through a book.
I was glad to hear that she wants to pick up and extend the migration issue and I am happy to be ambassador of her project."