Living On The Edge

Marco Ansaloni


4 Countries. 4 Cities. 4 Realities.

Divided cities are both cohabitation laboratories and battlegrounds. The aim of this project is to portray the day-to-day reality of people living in Nicosia (Cyprus), Belfast (Northern Ireland), Mitrovica (Kosovo) and Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina). What these cities have in common are physical borders that were born from conflict. In each, social, ethnic and religious collectives feel that their community in those territories should be exclusive. Even so, there are also members who would like to overcome the past and define a common future, beyond differences.

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  • Northern Ireland, Belfast. The bonfire of Lanark Way, near Shankill Road. This is the largest structure that is burned in the city in the night of July 11.

  • Cyprus, UN area, Passport control gate for cypriots inside the terminal of the old civil airport of Nicosia. The place was abandoned in 18.08.1974 after the clashes of the war. It still remains exactly as in that date.

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mostar. Pavarotti Music Center of Mostar, opened in 1997. The Mostar Rock School is open for both communities. Music like a way for reconciliation

  • Republic of Kosovo, Mitrovica (Kosovska Mitrovica in serbian, Mitrovica in albanian). Art as a way to reconciliation. Young artists of the group 7 Arte protest against the separation of the city releasing baloons along the Ibar river. The river is the symbol of separation between albanians and serbians. Young generations live in different worlds, in a sort of so called 'bridge generation'.

  • Europe, Northern Ireland, Belfast. Ronnie G. Loyalist and football tatoos. On the leg representing the Skeleton of Bobby Sands praying for food! Protestant quarter between Divis Street and Peter's hill.

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mostar. Destroyed building belonging to the ex Yugo Bank. The building is still abandoned after the war of 1993. In all the city, the evidence of that war still remains. On one hand, economic possibilities to restore the buildings are not easy to find, on the other hand, the desire to preserve, through physical injury, a permanent state of psychological tension for the new generation.

  • Northern Ireland, Belfast. Ardoyne quarter. At the end of the day of the Orange Parade of the 'Twelve', a short group of paraders come back to the protestant quarter above Ardoyne catholic area. After their passage, always there are riots between communities and police.

  • Cyprus, UN Area inside the Buffer Zone. Forensic Laboratory of CMP program ( Commitee for Missing Persons). A group of turkish and greek cypriots antropologists work together under international UN control to give a name to the bodies found after the war of 1974.