The Territorial Sea is a programme of recent artist moving image work featuring stories of struggle from sovereign waters. Works by Taus Makhacheva, Forensic Oceanography, and Francisco Rodríguez document tragic maritime passages, variously pointing to the cultures of spectacle, neglect, and cruelty which permit ongoing catastrophe. Mapping the geopolitics of water through re-enactment, surveillance analysis, and oral history, these short films build a portrait of the sea: parts deadly and sublime. Twelve nautical miles from the baseline of a coastal state, the territorial sea is a drifting stage for violent border policy and humanitarian crises.
The Territorial Sea is curated by Marcus Jack, director of Transit Arts, with thanks to Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing; narrative projects, London; and Forensic Architecture.