UV print on PVC
170 x 215 cm
This picture was taken on the newly realized road connecting the Swiss city of Basel with the French city of Huningue. Novartis was able to buy a whole piece of land from the canton of Basel-Stadt, where the only road connecting the two regions was located. A short time later, a landmark by Frank Gehry stood where the route once ran for commuters. Part of the deal was that a Rhine River promenade would be built as a replacement, open to the public. The "Elsässerrheinweg" was completed in 2016 and funded with state money.
A lattice fence still separates the site of the former lindane landfill. Now hanging loosely in the wind on this boundary fence are the works of a photographer who documented the years of remediation at this landfill.
«Who has the right to draw a border and why? And where does the river determine its course and where do corporations, the army or the immigration police do so?
On the opposite, French riverbank, a foot and bicycle path leads along the old Lindan landfill. Novartis, its current owner, removed the soil containing pesticide residue that had accumulated here up until the 1970s. After decades of running it as a strictly closed campus, the chemical company is presenting the prospect of slowly opening the premises to the public. The barriers surrounding the privatized area remain striking, and on its chain link fence, Bianca Pedrina found the picture of a locked door. This multi-layered portrait of a barrier printed on a tent sheet recites its message: attached to a high fence, the picture in the picture is reprinted on PVC. The summer sun protection on the whitewashed pavilion contradicts the desire for admission, freedom of movement and accessibility. An advertising space emptied to its crude base blocks the view of the wasteland.»
Excerpt: Isabel Zürcher for Artachment, Basel