Wall On Wall – An Outdoor Installation with Photos by Kai Wiedenhöfer
The Wall in Our Heads
Wednesday, 1 October 2014 – Monday, 15 December 2014
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Accompanying the exhibition The Wall in Our Heads: American Artists and the Berlin Wall, a selection of images from German photographer Kai Wiedenhöfer is on display on the façade of the Goethe-Institut Washington. After witnessing the demise of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989 firsthand, Wiedenhöfer reports, “I believed that this would be the end of walls as a political instrument and put them on the garbage heap of history as an anachronistic tool. Twenty years later I have been proven wrong.”
Over the past eight years, Wiedenhöfer has found himself photographing walls that separate people around the world, tracking the building of dozens of new walls along international borders, between disputed territories, and within zones of conflict. He published a book and staged a large public photographic exhibition, entitled Wall on Wall, on the longest remaining part of the Berlin Wall at Mühlenstraße. he glued 364 meters of the wall with 36 huge panoramics. His choice included images of the borderlands between the United States and Mexico, Spain and Morocco, North and South Korea, and within Cyprus and Iraq, among others.
Kai Wiedenhöfer, born in Germany in 1966, received an MA in photography and editorial design from the Folkwang School in Essen and studied Arabic in Damascus, Syria. Since 1989 the focus of his work is mainly the Middle East. He has received numerous awards, as the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Alexia Grant for World Peace and Cultural Understanding, World Press Photo Awards, the Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography and lately the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award. He has published three books with Steidl: Perfect Peace (2002), Wall (2007) and The Book of Destruction (2010), which was exhibited as a solo exhibition in the Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
Kai Wiedenhöfer will also give a presentation on October 31.