Between Two Columns is a collaborative project made by Emmanuela Soria Ruiz and Pedram Sazesh. The project explores different narratives surrounding the strait of Gibraltar through a video and photography installation.
Weaving together the geographical landmarks and their relationships with the classical Greek narratives, the colonial history of the strait and as a contemporary passageway for migrants or tourists. The different narratives complicate the notion of the Horizon, in particular, its relationship with the mobility of bodies and the implications on understandings of perception.
The video acts as the exhibition's centerpiece and is organized into four chapters. The first chapter relates the anthropomorphic myths that attribute the creation of the strait of Gibraltar to Hercules and the instrumentalization of these myths as an incentive for Spanish colonial expansion. The second chapter includes an anecdote told by Soria Ruiz's grandfather from his time as a Spanish soldier positioned on Monte Hacho, one of Hercules’ columns. The third chapter is a selection of videos that were captured in Ceuta by the children of Syrian asylum seekers waiting to enter mainland Europe. The fourth dwells on phenomenological implications of the horizon as a visual and perceptual construction, in particular, the historical notion of the columns of Hercules as the “last horizon” in western-centric history.
On the wall, there is an installation of photographs taken by the artists around the Strait of Gibraltar, three framed drawings made by Syrian asylum seekers and given to the artists, as well as two framed covers from the 1952 touristic brochure “An American Guide to Tangier”.