The small village of Pettigo straddles the border between Donegal and Fermanagh, Northern Ireland and the Republic. The border is marked by the River Termon flowing through the centre of town. Two bridges allow you to cross from North to South and at some points you can just step across and not even realise you have entered another country. Nolan’s expectations of what a border town would be, with heightened tension and strong divides, were invisible to her.
As I looked at the land and its people, I couldn’t tell where the real divisions lay. Following the river, I questioned the artificial construct of a border imposed upon nature. What is this physical space? A lacuna, a cavity in understanding. A landless land.
Being Irish but having grown up outside of Ireland, Nolan found a gap in her understanding of the relationship between the North and South. With LACUNA, she is investigating the realities of these divisions today on a minute level. Through the recorded stories of individuals from both sides of the border, the use of still and moving images, and an original score, Nolan endeavours to illustrate what is not easily visible.