In its essay on the Mediterranean, Fernand Braudel, ultimately comes to the conclusion that the Mediterranean region is a liquid territory, of mutable borders, which can only be defined by its very natural elements, hence, as far as the olives grow.
This series investigates Sicily as a surface shaped by the contemporary conflicts and political issues threatening Europe’s identity as a cohesive place.
As a mirror and metaphor for the whole Mediterranean, the region at the edge of Europe, facing Africa and the Middle-East is here portrayed as a transitory space where territories, cultures and history are overlapped and intertwined. The “liquid materiality” of the Island is spontaneously denying the identity over-imposed by Europe’s legal system in which human rights are constantly unrecognised and defined by juridical confines and citizenship. A materiality denying the creation of borders and questioning the notions of “inside” and “outside” as well as the meanings of “belonging” and “expulsion”.
The general feeling with which Sicilians approached the latest mass exodus has been that of an extension of its recurring past. Thus, the current landscape is seemingly responding with a slow and spontaneous process of hybridisation of cultures, landscape and demography.
This work ultimately aims at juxtaposing the rigid structure in which the rest of Europe is fencing inside itself to the mutable connotations of Sicily and the Mediterranean as a liminal territory and a mutable identity.