Along the G-Line, 2010
HD-Video, Loop, 2:14 min.
Marianna Christofides: “In my work I examine ‘documented realities’ through metonymic processes. The images are viewed as pieces of visual documentation of histories and places that in themselves contain the possibility of renegotiation and reshaping. I am interested in the secondary channels of a narrative stream that are no longer the focal points but that expand the narrative space with the possibility of new stories precisely because they remain in realms of the undetermined. The parenthetical, incidental stories, removed from their original contexts, create space for a journey, a cross section of several scientific disciplines and spatial times. Displacement, lack of simultaneity, and transference into various media and forms of production are the central elements of my approach. Pictorial sequences, words and objects that develop into installations in space grow out of this. A seven-year-old boy is turning cartwheels along the UN-Buffer zone dividing Nicosia. The movement of the body through the successive images marks points on a parallel line to that of the border – both being illusionary mental structures, yet leaving tangible traces in space and time. Through this odd juxtaposition the jumping boy turns into a kind of scale measuring space in another manner. At the same time he transforms a place solidified in its historicity into an active present-day space.”