The delimitation of territory and the deployment of limits, landmarks, milestones, hedges or fences have always been part of the ways that individuals gathered in societies – whether large or small – adopt to produce an inside-outside situation in order to express ownership, belonging or their opposite.
In the words of Zygmunt Bauman, these physical and symbolic barriers are “a declaration of intent” meant to establish positions, define points of view, and to both include and exclude.” Thus, from a certain position, from inside we can see other places and people that are not physically included in our world, even if we have a number of symbolic and imaginary constructions and references about them.
Within certain contexts, this simple observation becomes specifically problematic. Migrations have always been part of the logic of human settlement on the planet since the beginning of time. Likewise, the setting of limits had an early start and the safekeeping of territory, property and people has been the driving force for the creation of all kinds of boundaries ever since. Such boundaries are the setting of Catalina’s works.
Diana B. Wechsler