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Tear Down This Fence
Public performance, video & installation
building berlin, curated by Germaine Koh
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Ontario, Canada
September 18, 2009 - January 23, 2010
› Aerial photo (Kitchener-Waterloo)
› Videos: Tear down this fence & Border Interviews
› Installation

Originally a German settlement, Kitchener was called Berlin from 1854-1916. It has since grown into its neighbor, Waterloo, and the cities share an obscure border which intermittently runs parallel to and divides homes across town.

A letter was sent to each household along the border. It announced the arrival of an American who wanted to hear their stories of life along the border, and ultimately, to persuade one of them to tear down their backyard fence. Like sections Berlin Wall which have been gifted around the world, the fence would be publiclly displayed and memorialized in downtown Kitchener.

Kitchener-Waterloo border, an estimated 13 km
Click here to view a detailed aerial of the historic and present zoning of the two cities. Red dots mark interviewed households.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery