New Meridians

These pictures are appropriations of photographs found in late 1950s editions of the German travel magazine ‘Merian’. They are a record of the landscapes and towns of Europe as they were at the time of the Treaty of Rome, the beginning of the EEC, in 1957.

Looking back at these pictures, Stenram overlays them with her own markings: vectors, lines
and tangents suggesting new alignments, but vague enough to refrain from imposing a fixed key
or cipher. The cartographic annotations suggest many things - lines of communication,
movements of people or goods, borders, usage of the landscape, as well as systems and laws
being put in place - but also fractures, fault-lines, rifts.

In 2019, the ties in Europe, which held for so long, are once again uncertain. Grids and
demarcations are being erased and redrawn, new meridians are being created.

New Meridians was made in response to the 2019 European elections.