The debatable lands

Childerley, Zoe [Artist] (2016) The debatable lands. End of residency exhibition. .


The Debatable Lands is based on a walk, the length of the Anglo-Scottish border and inspired by the debate around borders and nationalism. During the 100 mile journey, Childerley met people who live on both sides of the line and learnt about their relationship with place, past and present and how two recent referendums have exposed angst over sovereignty and the significance of the border. Much of her recent work has explored the rural experience and relationship to place, how this forms identity and represents belonging told through story. This work is an extension of her practice and interests in landscape, and particularly a desire to experience the ‘sublime’. Childerley wanted to ‘experience one of the wildest parts of the country and to see first hand how people either side of this generally invisible political divide felt about their sense of place and belonging.

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