BONDED FREE ZONE

Having worked on a refugee camp and a border zone before, I started wondering if extraterritoriality was also possible to find in my direct context, which was Geneva at that time.

Surprisingly I could find an unbelieveable amount of zones in this city on which the "state of exception" was applied. It led to two symbolic pieces.

The City of Geneva

Map 3m x 2m. January 2015.

 

A gigantic map covering the whole county of Geneva. Even road names are readable. Some areas are carefully cut out. One can recognize the area of the UN. The airport of Geneva too. A gigantic circle. A little dot in the railway station. Another square in Carouge...

Bonded Free Zone

Sculpture activated by 4 performers, January 2015

 

The map of Geneva is mirrored by a fence structure in the form of a cross. Four assistants dressed in black walk towards the structure, close it and open it again in the form of a square. It looks like a sleight. If one looks again, it is possible to understand that no-one will ever be able to get into the square.