Berlin Fence Memorial, 2015
The Berlin Fence Memorial is a provocation for critical thought, discussion, and action in public space. Its flyers have circulated since October 2015, near the 26th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It takes inspiration from the historic Berlin Wall Memorial’s official flyer, replacing images of East German refugees and the Berlin Wall with images of today’s refugees and the EU border fence in Melilla, Spain. Its text elaborates on the difficult situation refugees face entering the EU, maintaining the category “refugee” despite ethnic and cultural differences. It calls for a variety of interventions in public space, including talks with witnesses who have experienced “contemporary border-related events.” The Berlin Fence Memorial remains an open-ended gesture with potential for performative activation.