El borde de una herida curated by Juan Guardiola, as a co-production between Centro Centro and CDAN could be defined as a “poetic and political reflection on the migrant’s journey from the perspective of contemporary creation.” The exhibition opened on February 16, at CentroCentro in Madrid and stayed open through June 4 2017.
The exhibition design of OSS supports the curatorial discourse and facilitates the tour of the exhibition. One single element of the intervention is perceived and concentrates function and meaning: it is a fence made with scaffolding and greenhouse fabric, which describes a slightly zigzag path, located in the central section of the exhibition. In a first level, the function of the fence is to guide the visitor in a space that is confusing as well as to separate an area of light from a darker one in which audiovisuals are shown. This contrast in light levels also makes a reference to the dramatic play of darkness and visibility at play in the most controlled borders. A second reading may reveal that this fence guides while forcing the visitor to navigate a narrower and more delineated path. It looms threatening and uncomfortable between the room’s walls and reduces the personal space of the visitors and their movements. The materials used refer to two sectors of the economy where most immigrants usually work in Spain: construction and greenhouse agriculture.