Marcello di Cintio has been travelling the world for the last four years exploring, researching and thinking about the walls that divide us. His book, titled "Walls: Travels Along the Barricades", is finally finished, and the last chapter is on a well-known divider in Park Extension, the Acadie fence.
Join the History Society as we welcome Mr. di Cintio back to the neighbourhood for a reading from his book, as well as a discussion about the Acadie fence. The event will be September 19 at Café l'Artère, from 7-9pm (Facebook link: www.facebook.com/events/465053100193242/). The event is free, and copies of the book will be available for purchase. We hope to see you there!
Walls: Travels Along the Barricades
by Marcello Di Cintio
In this ambitious blend of travel and reportage, Marcello Di Cintio travels to the world’s most disputed edges to meet the people who live alongside the razor wire and answer the question: What does it mean to live against the walls?
Di Cintio shares tea with Saharan refugees on the wrong side of Morocco’s desert wall. He meets with illegal Punjabi migrants who have circumvented the fencing around the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. He visits fenced-in villages in northeast India, walks Arizona’s migrant trails, and travels to Palestinian villages to witness the protests against Israel’s security barrier.
From Native American reservations on the US-Mexico border and the “Great Wall of Montreal” to Cyprus’s divided capital and the Peace Lines of Belfast, Di Cintio seeks to understand what these structures say about those who build them and how they influence the cultures that they surround. Some walls define “us” from “them” with medieval clarity. Some walls encourage fear or feed hate. Others kill. And every wall inspires its own subversion, whether by the infiltrators who dare to go over, under or around them, or by the artists who transform them.