Melting Borders is a performance/action that symbolically melts the flags of the countries where it's performed in. Often performed in border towns where two or more flags are melted away, and the melted ice cream stains with the colors of the shirt the performer is wearing. The result is the new flag, as the artist calls it: "The Sweet Flag". a flag that merges countries together, abstracting what we identify as a flag, abstracting the idea of a Nation. Going back to the source of equality.
With this action the artist wanted to symbolically melt the borders away, leaving only the sweetness and the beauty of humanity, The first "Melting Borders happened in Armenia and by performing it he wanted to highlight the essence and beauty of its culture.
The shirt is what remains of the action. So far Melting Borders was performed in the South and North Korean Border (DMZ area), Armenia, UK, Italy, and Bulgaria melting the flags of Bulgaria, Macedonian, Greek, and European Union (Highlighting the "Macedonian Question"), Ukraine, Jordan, Poland, and more. This time was the turn of the border between the USA and Mexico.
Melting Borders, Armenia, 2017
Melting Borders, Poland, 2018
Melting Borders, South Korea/North Korea, 2018
Melting Borders, Ukraine, 2018
Yerevan, Armenia (2017)
Performed during Residency Program with ACSL funded by ECF (European Cultural Foundation)
Photos by Elizabeth Gerdeman
Melting Borders, Yerevan, Armenia (2017), filmed by Micha Hahn
Melting Borders in the DMZ area, Paju, South korea on North Korean Border, part of PyeongChang Cultural Olympics (2018).
Photos by Young Il KwonPhotos
Melting Borders, PyeongChang Cultural Olympics, DMZ Area, South Korea/North Korea Border,2018, filmed by Gunho Jang
Melting Borders at Theatre Brama in Goleníow, Poland in occasion of Ludzka Mozaika Festival, part of Caravan Next (2018).
Photos by Delia Remy
Photos by Delia Remy
Melting Borders in Kharkiv, Ukraine. British Council in collaboration with Liverpool Biennale and Municipal Gallery, Kharkiv, Swap Uk/Ukraine residency (2018).
Photos by Anne-Camille LMG and Nata Popova
Melting Borders, Kharkiv, Ukraine (2018), filmed by Nata Popova
Melting Borders in Amman, Jordan. Performed in Occasion of the final Exhibition at Darat Al Funun 30th Anniversary (2018).
Photo by Zakaria Mohammed
Photos by Joud Halawani Al-Tamimi
Melting Borders, Amman, Jordan (2018), filmed by Zakaria Mohammed
Melting Borders at Mexico/ USA border. Documented by Benhur Berdejo and Elsy Lopez, Tijuana, 2023.
Melting Borders, Mexico / USA border (2023), filmed by Benhur Berdejo
Melting Borders in New York, from Brooklyn Bridge to The Opening gallery in Tribeca, New York, during the exhibition Chromocommons, curated by Sozita Goudouna. Documentation by Justin Yoon and Miranda Guerritez
Melting Borders in New York, in Brooklyn, New york . Documentation by Justin Yoon
Melting Borders in New York, in Brooklyn, New york . Documentation by Louis Detroit