Director of the Jewish Museum Hohenems
Amid the omnipresent talk of globalization and international community, new border fences and walls are being erected all over the world: around states, occupied territories, residential complexes, and to separate public from private space. Many of these borders are visible from afar, others are drawn by language tests or using biometric procedures.
Borders and cultural codes are matters of life and death, defining „identity“ and „foreignness“, making the difference between belonging and being excluded. They determine whether people are entitled to move from one place to another or whether they have the right to stay anywhere at all.