The national boundary line that separates Italy and Switzerland is today highly dematerialized and mostly invisible. Yet, it continues to exist as a "borderscape", reproduced by a series of crossing practices - such as cross-border work and migration - and by their associated imaginaries. Through an analysis of contemporary photographic artworks, field research for the making of photographs, and a careful study of a specific territory, the thesis explores how contemporary photography can reveal the in/visible constellations of this borderscape and counter its hegemonic representations, both practically and theoretically.
A path crossing the Swiss Italian border next to a disused custom house (Bizzarone, 2020). © Nicoletta Grillo
Research: Nicoletta Grillo
Supervision: Prof. Dr. Hilde Van Gelder, Prof. Dr. Luca Gaeta