In/visible constellations. Photography and spaces of imagination in the Swiss Italian borderscape

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.

PhD project
Research: Nicoletta Grillo
Supervision: Prof. Dr. Hilde Van Gelder, Prof. Dr. Luca Gaeta

Lieven Gevaert Centre
KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts
Blijde Inkomststraat 21 pb 3313
B-3000 Leuven

Lieven Gevaert Centre
UC Louvain, Archéologie et d'histoire d'art
FIAL - Place Blaise Pascal 1 bte L3.03.13
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve