Nikolas Ventourakis

Motocross and Radars, 2014

C-type print

122 x 152 cm

Edition of 3, number 1 of 3

‘Motocross and Radars’ is part of the photography series ‘Defining lines – Borderlands‘, focused on the desert areas in and around the Western Sovereign Base Area of Akrotiri on the island of Cyprus. The Area, which is one of the two British Sovereign Territories created in 1960, is autonomous and has as head of the state the British Monarch. There are no border barriers, no custom posts between most of the Area lands and the Republic. Normal civilian day to day life takes place along the peninsula and right next to and inside the border. It is hard to tell if you have crossed into UK land. Using modern technology and such devices as iPhones and services like Google Maps the border becomes apparent and real. These borders in the desert are open at all times. They separate the land at all times.