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Photo by Thiago Rocha Pitta, Untitled (Herança), 2012.

Nevin Aladağ, Carolina Caycedo, Thiago Rocha Pitta, and Hale Tenger

Water Lines

March 7 – May 9, 2019

On the High Line at 14th St.

Daily, beginning at dusk

Water Lines is a group video exhibition that looks at the absurd ways humans divide up the world across bodies of water, and the ways we build invisible, and often dangerous, boundaries.

Heritage (2007) by Thiago Rocha Pitta (b. 1980, Tiradentes, Brazil) documents the artist sending a small boat that carried several small trees out to sea. The tiny floating landscape of Heritage tips and bobs, disorienting our sense of stability.

Nevin Aladağ (b. 1972, Van, Turkey) presents Borderline (2014), in which she traces the water boundary between Turkey and Greece by boat.

In Borders/Borders (1999) Hale Tenger (b. 1960, Izmir, Turkey) splits the video screen: the bottom half shows children playing a joyous game of tug-of war, and on the top an anonymous hand draws lines in the sand with a stick at the edge of the sea’s waves.

To Stop Being a Threat and To Become a Promise / Dejar de ser una amenaza para convertirse en promesa (2017) by Carolina Caycedo (b. 1978, Los Angeles, California) follows two models of relationships to water: a Western, extractive model on the one hand, and an indigenous one on the other.

Organized by Melanie Kress, High Line Art Associate Curator.


Lead support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen. Major support for High Line Art is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, and Charina Endowment Fund. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Corey Johnson.