Borderlands is about the physical and internal borders that disrupt human beings. The project seeks to connect disruptive human emotions with physical borders that exist in our surroundings, and ultimately is about figuring out ways to cross these boundaries. The photographs clash physical interpretations of borders taken from my personal endeavors and life experiences with more abstract and metaphorical interpretations of borders that are drawn from human emotion. Amidst the more abstract forms of expression, the images of fences, mountains and walls are reminders of the physical divisions between countries and communities that exist in reality, as well as metaphors for the internal obstacles that disrupt human beings. The photographs portray individuals and communities that exist in a liminal space between belonging and abandonment, many of which exert feelings of desolation. The photographs also seek to break down the borders and barriers that the subjects within them endure.

The ‘unscripted’ nature of the work has an impact on its style, in particular in the variety of genres and colors—from landscape photography to portraiture and from black and white to color—that the images of Borderlands belong to. The various forms of expression serve as a ways to materialize the ideas at the core of the project and to break down barriers or restrictions within the photographic medium.

The photographs were taken from 2016-2018 in Watts (CA), Long Beach (CA), the California desert, Mexico and Israel.

© Kovi Konowiecki - Forbidden Fruit I, 2016

Forbidden Fruit I, 2016

© Kovi Konowiecki - Forbidden Fruit II, 2017

Forbidden Fruit II, 2017

© Kovi Konowiecki - Picket Fence, 2017

Picket Fence, 2017

© Kovi Konowiecki - Balance Act I, 2017

Balance Act I, 2017

© Kovi Konowiecki - Pedestrian Crossing, 2017

Pedestrian Crossing, 2017

© Kovi Konowiecki - Devon, Jordan Downs, 2017

Devon, Jordan Downs, 2017

© Kovi Konowiecki - Palms, 2017

Palms, 2017

© Kovi Konowiecki - Casson, 2017

Casson, 2017

© Kovi Konowiecki - Brush Fire, Corona, 2017

Brush Fire, Corona, 2017

© Kovi Konowiecki - Wanderer, 2017

Wanderer, 2017

© Kovi Konowiecki - Tree Stump, 2016

Tree Stump, 2016

© Kovi Konowiecki - Brothers, Jordan Downs, 2017

Brothers, Jordan Downs, 2017

© Kovi Konowiecki - Crater, 2017

Crater, 2017

© Kovi Konowiecki - Mountain Goat, 2017

Mountain Goat, 2017

© Kovi Konowiecki - Shadow of Fence, 2016

Shadow of Fence, 2016

© Kovi Konowiecki - Brothers, Long Beach, 2017

Brothers, Long Beach, 2017

© Kovi Konowiecki - Sculpture, 2017

Sculpture, 2017

© Kovi Konowiecki - Boy, Toluca, 2017

Boy, Toluca, 2017

© Kovi Konowiecki - Vines I, 2016

Vines I, 2016

© Kovi Konowiecki - Godel and Aron, Jerusalem, 2017

Godel and Aron, Jerusalem, 2017

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