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The Impossible Room I

Parisa Ghaderi

Single Channel Video, 2021

“The Impossible Room” is a performance project inspired by a photo of my friend, showing him and his wife on one side, and his parents on the other side of a worn black line. The location is Haskell Free Library and Opera House, in Stanstead, Quebec, and Derby Line, Vermont. The Haskell family purposefully built the building along the border in 1904, to promote cross-border interaction and friendship. The thick black line runs beneath the seats of the opera house and diagonally across the center of the library’s reading room to mark the Canada–US border. This venue has become a meeting point for people who can’t cross borders due to multiple reasons.

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