Manuela Ribadaneira (England/Ecuador)
Manuela Ribadaneira (England/Ecuador) »FENCE« – Installation
“Fence” (“Zaun”) comes from a series of works I have been working on for a long time, on the idea of borders, lines, arbitrary and imaginary, fences and the appropriation of space: the definition and demarcation of space. “ZAUN” is not only relevant to my actual reflections, but to my experience when I visited the forest in June. I was there to choose my piece of forest, my space inside that forest. I could pick, choose and define. I felt I had to conquer a territory and make that piece of forest my own. The forest is a public space. It is a defined space yet controlled and organized, closely observed, counted and accounted, taken care of, ultimately civilized and under the control of man. But the forest itself is always stronger, unexpected and independent. I can almost say that it makes its own choices regardless of the choices made by man. The space I fenced belongs to me; it belongs to all and no one. It is more an apparition or suggestion of a space. This fence holds nothing in and leaves nothing out. It is there as a ghost, a reminder or a hint.