Charlotte Schulz

The Impossibility of Keeping Borders
2011-2012

Initiated by an article in the New Yorker, I began thinking about cultures with competing histories and each of their claims upon particular geographic territories. The far-reaching history of these societies, both in terms of their buildings and archeological sites as well as their emotional connections to the land, became a springboard for thinking about how memory and territory get mapped into each other. Conversely, I related this to the personal and private spheres whereby the territory of our physical and psychic selves becomes intertwined or enmeshed with another in deep, intimate relationships. As much as groups or individuals desire to set up borders or claim common land, the task of un-weaving the threads of differing cultures or the un-tying of the boundaries in personal relationships may seem an impossible project.