LACUNA looks at the contemporary experience of borders in flux through an engagement with the landscape and inhabitants of the small village of Pettigo. Pettigo straddles the border between Donegal and Fermanagh, the Republic and Northern Ireland and in the near future, between Europe and the UK.
The border is marked by the River Termon flowing through the centre of town. Two bridges allow you to cross from North to South and at some points you just step across and do not even realise you have entered another country. My expectations of what a border town would be, with heightened tension and strong divides, were invisible to me. As I looked at the land and its people, I couldn’t tell where the real divisions lay. Following the river, I questioned the artificial construct of a border, and the wider implications of this for its inhabitants. What is this physical space? A lacuna, a cavity in understanding, a landless land.
Through the use of still and moving images, recorded stories of individuals from both sides of the border and an original score, this work examines the concept of these man made divisions, and their lasting impact on the psyche of the land and its people.