New Meridians

 
 

 

 

   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
  New Meridians
2019 / Silver gelatin prints on fibre-based paper
image size approx 19cm x 23.5cm / paper size 23cm x 30cm / framed in walnut frame
   
 


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.

New Meridians was first exhibited in 2019 at Literaturhaus in Berlin (DE).



In 2021, New Meridians (Triptych) was installed on billboards as part of the exhibition Division/Revision curated by Uta Kogelsberger. New Meridians (Triptych) was installed on billboards in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Glasgow.

New Meridians (Triptych), is made from three different landscape images. The landscapes are from Ireland, Luxembourg and Croatia representing different histories, conflicts and powers within the European nations. In pandemic and post-Brexit 2021, many connections are once again unstable -lines are being redrawn, new meridians are still appearing.