MOVING ARTISTIC FRONTIERS: ROGER EBERHARD’S PHOTOGRAPHS OF ARTIFICIAL BORDERS

MOVING ARTISTIC FRONTIERS: ROGER EBERHARD’S PHOTOGRAPHS OF ARTIFICIAL BORDERS

In these times of nationalism and seclusion, Swiss photographer Roger Eberhard has devoted his work to one of their main symbols: borders. In his book “Human Territoriality” Eberhard demonstrates that geographic boundaries are little more than arbitrary guidelines. Every border, no matter how solid it appears, is transient and can change or indeed disappear over time – be it through war, annexation or natural disaster. Eberhard has travelled to places across the world that haven’t been demarcated for a long time. He went to the Great Wall of China and Hadrian’s Wall, took photos at Walvis Bay in Namibia and in Rydöbruk, Sweden, where an erratic glacial block once served to separate territories. In some places relics delineate former border zones; elsewhere there is nothing left to remind us of the demarcation lines of the past. This book illustrates how, little by little, nature is regaining its terrain whilst proving that borders are nothing but a fictional construct. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Roger Eberhard “Human Territoriality” Edition Patrick Frey 2020)

Human Territoriality” by Roger Eberhard (Edition Patrick Frey, 2020, 116 pp.)
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