While Brexit relaunches the debate on the independence of Scotland, it is towards its shores that invites us Francesca Piqueras with the series “Quiet Territory” that she presents Galerie de l’Europe (Paris), from February 18. The oil platforms and the ruined military devices she has taken as her subject appear here to be immemorial monuments. As if they were an extension at sea of the wall that Hadrian had built to isolate from the Roman Empire this territory with a unique destiny. For this series “Quiet Territory”, Francesca Piqueras is interested in three types of maritime structures: – those found on the maintenance site of Cromarty oil platforms, where she had already been there ten years ago; – training targets for the Royal Air Force bombers, built in 1937 at Luce Bay, and now abandoned; – the remains of the anti-submarine barrier built during the Second World War between the Isle of Cramon and the Scottish shore. These concrete and steel structures allow Piqueras to play on paradoxes. First of all because they are emblematic of the industrial era, they...
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