The photo series “Cultivated Walls” pictures residencies in the Canton of Geneva that
are separated from the public domain by hedges. Legislation regarding vegetation around private properties in Geneva is among the less strict in Switzerland. One is allowed to grow a hedge up to maximum two meters in front of a property, where elsewhere in Switzerland the maximum height is set between 1 and 1.50 meter.

A hedge functions as a psychological shield that provides shelter and creates a sens of comfort. It reinforces the own habitat. On the other hand, a hedge questions the grey zone between the private and the public domain. High hedges create a community of firmly separated parcels, alienating neighbours and bypassers. A hedge is a piece of design and a status symbol as well, consciously maintained by its owner. The hedge's condition unveil something about the identity of the people that live behind it, and reflect on society at the same time.

Exhibited at the Center for Contemporary Art (CAC) Geneva during “Bourses de la ville de Genève”.

Photo series: Rob van Leijsen
Year: 2015
Specifications: 60 × 70 cm,
inkjet printed on satin photo paper
Exhibition views: ©Raphaëlle Mueller