After Schengen (European Borders)

ENGLISH

The “After Schengen” series shows old border crossing points between different states in Europe. After the Schengen agreement, most of these old checkpoints remain abandoned and out of service, allowing us to gaze into the past from the present. It causes many reflections, especially in a moment that EU project it is severely discussed.
These places that prior the Schengen treaty, delimited territories and in which the traveler had to stop and show his documents, currently appear as abandoned places, located in a space-time limbo, out of use and out of the time for which they were designed, as these states have opened their borders to the free movement of people. The observation of these places in the present time, gives them a dimension related to viewing and reading of some episodes in recent history, with the passing of time and memory in the landscape. These quasi- archaeological ruins have become part of the current landscape, forming a presence of the past that lies dormant in the present.
Border crossings have a function of geographical boundaries, but also a coercive role, since they prevent the free passage of people between one and another state. So, they are places that, along with a cartographic dimension, are provided with historical, economic and political reminiscences.
These old border crossing points are slowly disappearing; some are renovated and reconverted to new uses, some are destroyed for vandals, and some other just fall down due to the passing of time. So, after some few years there will be no possibility to look at this strong signs and symbols of the recent European history.

ESPAÑOL

La serie “After Schengen” muestra antiguos pasos fronterizos entre varios estados de la Unión Europea. Después del tratado de Schengen, la mayoría de estos viejos pasos permanecen abandonados y fuera de servicio, permitiéndonos una mirada desde el presente, hacia el pasado de Europa. Esto provoca muchas reflexiones, en un momento en que el proyecto de la Unión Europea está siendo fuertemente cuestionado. Estos lugares que, anteriormente al tratado de Schengen, delimitaban los territorios y en los que el viajero debía detenerse y mostrar su documentación, aparecen hoy en día como lugares abandonados, situados en un limbo espacio-temporal, fuera del uso y el tiempo para el que fueron concebidos, al haberse abierto las fronteras a la libre circulación de las personas.
Los pasos fronterizos tienen una función de pura delimitación geográfica, pero también una función coercitiva, en el sentido de impedir el libre tránsito entre personas de uno a otro estado. Por todo ello son lugares que, junto a una dimensión cartográfica, también están provistos de reminiscencias históricas, económicas y políticas.
Estos viejos pasos fronterizos van desapareciendo lentamente: unos son renovados para otros usos, otros son destruidos, y algunos simplemente se van derrumbando debido al paso del tiempo. Por todo ello, en pocos años, no habrá posibilidad de presenciar estos fuertes símbolos de la reciente historia europea.

Border checkpoint between Spain and France after Schengen Agreement
Portalet E-F
Border checkpoint between Austria and Hungary after Schengen Border checkpoint between Spain and France after Schengen agreement
Rattersdorf – Köszegcs A-H
Border checkpoint between Austria and Hungary after Schengen Agreement
Eisenberg – Vaskeresztes A-H
Border checkpoint between Austria and Czech Republic after Schengen Agreement
Hardegg – Cizov A-CZ
Border checkpoint between Austria and Czech Republic after Schengen Agreement
Fratres-Slavonice A-CZ
Border checkpoint between Czech Republic and Austria after Schengen agreement
Slavonice-Fratres CZ-A
Border checkpoint between Czech Republic and Poland after Schengen Agreement
Ždarky-Pstrazna CZ-PL
Border checkpoint between Austria and Hungary after Schengen Agreement
Nickelsdorf-Hegyeshalom A-H
Mikulov-Drasenhofen CZ-A
Border checkpoint between Poland and Czech Republic after Schengen Agreement
O.v Orl. horách – D.Zdrój PL-CZ
Border checkpoint between Poland and Czech Republic after Schengen Agreement
Nowa Morawa – Staré Mesto PL-CZ
Border checkpoint between Spain and France after Schengen Agreement
Coll de Bertrés E-F
Border checkpoint between Spain and France after Schengen agreement
Somport E-F
Border checkpoint between Portugal and Spain after Schengen Agreement
Lindoso-Aceredo P-E
Border checkpoint between Austria and Hungary after Schengen agreement
Mörbisch am See – Fertörákos A-H
Border checkpoint between Austria and Hungary after Schengen Agreement
Klingenbach – Sopron A-H