Deutschlands offene Grenzen für UNESCO Welterbe
(Germany's Open Borders for UNESCO World Heritage)

Intervention, 2016

A UNESCO World Heritage Status application for Germany’s open borders was prepared to illustrate the different German and European policies and plans in place to keep the borders open for trade, rather than for humanitarian reasons. Simultaneously, the project questions the marking of world heritage in a neo-liberal context.

As all UNESCO applications must be forwarded by the State and there are no established procedures for citizens to propose ideas, the project also demonstrates the difficulty for civilians to define what icons are to represent them.An attempt was made to submit the application to the Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Sachsen (Office for Monument Preservation in Saxony), but the office refused to receive it.