Manel Ortega and Johann D’Nale
Photomontage printed on fabric
Sizes: White: 2000mm x 650mm / Red: 2000mm x 350mm
Borders are often less tangible – sometimes difficult to perceive; but still very real. In this collaborative project plastic sheeting was chosen not only as a defining barrier – but also because of heightened concerns of environmental impact to represent real non physical borders. The aim was to show how even borders which are almost non-existent in the physical world can become a barrier to human interactions; and how breaking and destroying those borders has been part of the international trend towards acceptance of queerness in various societies.
An unravelling key-Johann D’Nale
Textile-Size: 130mm x 90mm + loose threads.
The passport is the key to travelling between nations; they’ve been needed for international travel in the way we currently use them for less than a century. As a part of the EU the British have free access throughout union – which has made life easier, especially for LGBTQ+ people – an ability to more easily get together and share.
The piece resembles the British passport design at the time of the ‘Brexit’ vote; reworked to include texts reflecting on its use and with the biometric icon replaced with a rainbow flag. The coat of arms has been replaced with a redrawn version which is more queer; turning this into a work which reflects on the passport’s role in bringing LGBTQ+ people together. The loose threads reflect on how the vote to leave the EU is unravelling – with the rear of the piece being sewn quickly and without due care – reflecting on the apparent state of planning for the UK’s departure.
JOHANN D’NALE 2018