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   Borderlands – The European Frontier     The Spanish exclave of Ceuta is a geographic anomaly. Part of mainland Africa but belonging to Europe, this small area of land is never far from the news. The border is a remarkable fault line that defines a national boundary between Spain and Morocco, a continental boundary between Europe and Africa and a religious boundary between Christianity and Islam.  For tens of thousands of immigrants however the highly fortified border represents the final hurdle in an arduous journey to reach Europe in search of a new life. Ever since refugees started scaling these fences, Spain has spent more than  € 30 million fortifying them. The security zone consists of six-meter-high parallel barriers topped with razor wire and regular surveillance watchtowers. Underground cables connect spotlights, noise and movement sensors, and video cameras to a central surveillance room.  The Spanish Army patrol the mountains close to the border as dozens of guard ships and patrol boats check the coast. Control and monitoring of the border zone belongs to the hundreds of police and civil guards. On the other side the Moroccan army has set up numerous watch posts and military camps.  I was mesmerised by the border fence, which bends and swerves its way through the area, slicing the landscape into separate regions. Land, earth, sea, communities, and lives separated. What is a border after all but an arbitrary line on a map?  This series explores the conflicting tensions between the beauty of the landscape and the brutality of its segregation.

Borderlands – The European Frontier 

The Spanish exclave of Ceuta is a geographic anomaly. Part of mainland Africa but belonging to Europe, this small area of land is never far from the news. The border is a remarkable fault line that defines a national boundary between Spain and Morocco, a continental boundary between Europe and Africa and a religious boundary between Christianity and Islam.

For tens of thousands of immigrants however the highly fortified border represents the final hurdle in an arduous journey to reach Europe in search of a new life. Ever since refugees started scaling these fences, Spain has spent more than 30 million fortifying them. The security zone consists of six-meter-high parallel barriers topped with razor wire and regular surveillance watchtowers. Underground cables connect spotlights, noise and movement sensors, and video cameras to a central surveillance room.

The Spanish Army patrol the mountains close to the border as dozens of guard ships and patrol boats check the coast. Control and monitoring of the border zone belongs to the hundreds of police and civil guards. On the other side the Moroccan army has set up numerous watch posts and military camps.

I was mesmerised by the border fence, which bends and swerves its way through the area, slicing the landscape into separate regions. Land, earth, sea, communities, and lives separated. What is a border after all but an arbitrary line on a map?

This series explores the conflicting tensions between the beauty of the landscape and the brutality of its segregation.

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Borderlands – The European Frontier 

The Spanish exclave of Ceuta is a geographic anomaly. Part of mainland Africa but belonging to Europe, this small area of land is never far from the news. The border is a remarkable fault line that defines a national boundary between Spain and Morocco, a continental boundary between Europe and Africa and a religious boundary between Christianity and Islam.

For tens of thousands of immigrants however the highly fortified border represents the final hurdle in an arduous journey to reach Europe in search of a new life. Ever since refugees started scaling these fences, Spain has spent more than 30 million fortifying them. The security zone consists of six-meter-high parallel barriers topped with razor wire and regular surveillance watchtowers. Underground cables connect spotlights, noise and movement sensors, and video cameras to a central surveillance room.

The Spanish Army patrol the mountains close to the border as dozens of guard ships and patrol boats check the coast. Control and monitoring of the border zone belongs to the hundreds of police and civil guards. On the other side the Moroccan army has set up numerous watch posts and military camps.

I was mesmerised by the border fence, which bends and swerves its way through the area, slicing the landscape into separate regions. Land, earth, sea, communities, and lives separated. What is a border after all but an arbitrary line on a map?

This series explores the conflicting tensions between the beauty of the landscape and the brutality of its segregation.

   Borderlands – The European Frontier     The Spanish exclave of Ceuta is a geographic anomaly. Part of mainland Africa but belonging to Europe, this small area of land is never far from the news. The border is a remarkable fault line that defines a national boundary between Spain and Morocco, a continental boundary between Europe and Africa and a religious boundary between Christianity and Islam.  For tens of thousands of immigrants however the highly fortified border represents the final hurdle in an arduous journey to reach Europe in search of a new life. Ever since refugees started scaling these fences, Spain has spent more than  € 30 million fortifying them. The security zone consists of six-meter-high parallel barriers topped with razor wire and regular surveillance watchtowers. Underground cables connect spotlights, noise and movement sensors, and video cameras to a central surveillance room.  The Spanish Army patrol the mountains close to the border as dozens of guard ships and patrol boats check the coast. Control and monitoring of the border zone belongs to the hundreds of police and civil guards. On the other side the Moroccan army has set up numerous watch posts and military camps.  I was mesmerised by the border fence, which bends and swerves its way through the area, slicing the landscape into separate regions. Land, earth, sea, communities, and lives separated. What is a border after all but an arbitrary line on a map?  This series explores the conflicting tensions between the beauty of the landscape and the brutality of its segregation.
ceuta_26.jpg
ceuta_29.jpg
ceuta_new.jpg
ceuta_28.jpg
ceuta_7.jpg
ceuta_8.jpg
ceuta_20.jpg
ceuta_6.jpg
ceuta_10.jpg
ceuta_24.jpg
ceuta_new2.jpg
ceuta_22.jpg
ceuta_21.jpg
ceuta_16.jpg
ceuta_15.jpg
ceuta_14.jpg
ceuta_13_s.jpg
ceuta_4.jpg
ceuta_new3.jpg
ceuta_2.jpg
ceuta_1.jpg