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21 media art works and short films on border control and migration

16 Sept – 13 Nov 2022
Former NATO-Headquarters
Cannerberg Maastricht

Socially-engaged contemporary video artists and filmmakers have created relevant and engaging video works, interactive media installations, short films and animations about border control and migration. Viewmaster Projects sites 21 of these haunting projections in the Cannerberg, a former secret underground NATO headquarters, now completely gutted, in an old marl quarry just south of Maastricht. This location’s disorienting eeriness reinforces the already potent significance of the projections. The Cannerberg is a cold, damp and dark tunnel system. Marl, reinforced concrete, bricks and thick steel doors are reminders of the Cold War, during which this bunker complex helped guard the eastern border of what was then Western Europe.

From 16 September to 13 November 2022, part of the system of corridors is open to visitors and you can experience how the 21 selected projections interact with one another and the space. The diverse and topical work of the international selection of artists, researchers and filmmakers not only unsettles and moves but can also give meaning and depth to the stark imagery that dominates the daily news.

NO ACCESS presents three approaches to the complex issue of migration: 1) personal and autobiographical stories of refugees, sometimes vulnerable or resilient but also raw and confrontational; 2) data visualisations about border control and migration in which contemporary digital techniques (literally and figuratively) determine the image; 3) video works with a poetic, symbolic visual language because words and facts do not always covey the subject.

Bart van den Boom
Curator Viewmaster Project


Hans Op de Beeck (BE), Josh Begley (US), Sylvain George (FR), Tina Farifteh (IR/NL), Forensic Architecture & Forensic Oceanography (GB), Anita Groener (NL/IE), Mohamad Hafeda (LB), Laura Huygen (NL), Adrian Melis (CU), Yoshua Okón (MX), Adrian Paci (AL), Osman Taheri (AF/NL), Marieke van der Velden en Philip Brink (NL), Sam Yazdanpanna (NL), Cigdem Yuksel (NL), Mark Wallinger (GB).

€ 5 (the site has a limited capacity, please pre-book to ensure entrance)

Please note:
The Cannerberg has a constant temperature of 10°C and very high humidity. We advise wearing warm clothing, socks and closed shoes.

For more information about the Cannerberg and guided tours of the entire former NATO Headquarters, visit

Visiting times:
Thurs and Fri, 12 noon to 4 PM
Sat and Sun, 1 PM to 5 PM

Cannerberg former NATO Headquarters
Cannerweg 798, Maastricht
Accessible via Von Dopfflaan car park.

There are plenty of parking spaces. It takes 9 minutes by bike from Tongerseplein and 17 minutes from Maastricht station. Bus: No. 48 from Maastricht Station (24 minutes) Bus stop: Jezuïtenberg

No Access is made possible by the generous support of:

Viewmaster Projects gratefully cooperates with:

Photo credits: Centro di Permanenza Temporanea by Adrian Paci / Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich