Sunday, 25 August 2013

Wall On Wall - Photographic Exhibition on the East Side Gallery

This exhibition by Kai Wiedenhöfer is on until 13th September 2013.

It consists of large photographs of walls of division - the Israel-Palestine wall for example - pasted onto the rear of a section of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery.

There is a poignancy of course of showing these images on the reverse of the extant Berlin Wall, and a hope that like the Berlin Wall they will some day not be needed. The trompe-l'œil effect of such large and naturalistic photos is quite unnerving, and makes you feel part of it.

The exhibition is so much better than the mess of graffitied murals on the East Side Gallery itself. If only it could be there permanently, then it would give a raison d'etre for all the tourists who have tramped out here to see the embarrassment of what the over-hyped East Side Gallery has become. But I expect that if it were here longer than 13th Sept. Wiedenhöfer's work would be similarly vandalised. Though it is interesting to see that many of the other walls of division have also been graffited.

See it while you can!

Here are some of my favourites (though it feels a bit strange photographing someone else's photos):

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