Location: State Art Gallery
Date: Fri, 2011/12/02 – 7:00pm
Price: All are welcome
After a two-year journey around the world, from Tijuana to Belfast and from Jerusalem to Seoul and Laayoune, Alexandra Novosseloff and Frank Neisse met people living by those walls to better understand their lives. The authors came back from these travels with stories, anecdotes and observations.
Exhibitions were held since 2008, the first of them being held in Geneva at the International Red Cross Museum and in the Armenian Heritage Center in Valence. Several other exhibitions have since then been organized in French cultural centers (Berlin, Sofia, Mexico, Amman, Tijuana, Mainz, Niamey, Vienna, Innsbruck) or foreign universities (Liege, Bogota, Pereira, Panama) in 2009 and 2010.
This exhibition brings to you, an original and an unusual photographical report on six different walls and situations, current scars of our open and globalized world:
These walls are tangible signs of permanent tensions in our globalized world.
This exhibition also encourages a reflection centered on walls that separate people, both physically and mentally. It questions the idea of the Other as ‘unknown’, ‘misunderstood’, ‘dangerous’, the idea that incites people to build walls so as to distance themselves, to reject the other in such a way that they no longer have to see them. The photographs help the visitors discover areas of crisis and deep ideological antagonisms that are amongst the most complex in the world, all of them exhibited for the first time in a single space.
Through the resurgence, or the permanence, of putting up walls, the exhibition not only highlights the ambiguity of globalization, based on the notion of free trade, but also reflects new security challenges: countering asymmetric, cross-border and extra-territorial threats, such as terrorism, illegal immigration and networks linked to organized crime. Through the testimonies of people confronted daily with the reality of walls, the exhibition also reveals the impact that they have on a human level.
FILM – THE WALL OF SHAME