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Allegra Martin

“Off limits” is a project documenting the current condition of the former NATO bases of northeast Italy.
The signing of the Warsaw Pact, endorsed by the USSR and its allies and designed to counterbalance NATO, marked the birth of the Cold War. This launched the race for rearmament and defense strategies on the part of both blocs, along with the development of the concept of deterrence.
During the entire Cold War, northeast Italy (between Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia) was involved in the construction of a dense and articulated defense system constituting the eastern curtain of the infrastructure directly controlled by NATO.
The territorial presence of these military areas conveyed and strongly conditioned development, road networks, and consequently, the expansion of settled zones.
The fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact in 1991 were followed by the progressive loosening of the defensive line and the alteration of global geopolitical dynamics. The sudden abandon and the subsequent dismantling of the military areas present on the territory have rendered these sites testimonies of the conflict. Controlled and gated areas that once enjoyed privileges of secrecy and extraterritoriality today appear as places of neglect, abandon and destruction. They are spaces suspended in time and isolated from all that surrounds them.

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