About This Project
Exhibition INVISIBLE WALLS
The exhibition “Invisible Walls” commemorates the 27th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The exhibition is a reflection on the aftermath of this shift in European history, regarding the sociopolitical changes that followed in Germany after its reunification. The Berlin Wall’s division of East and West Berlin served as the most powerful visual symbol of the Cold War. An iron curtain that divided people and forced them to grow apart. Twenty-seven years later, the Berlin Wall is a memory. The older generations have vivid memories whereas the younger ones remember faintly that time, but they have heard many stories about it. The Berlin Wall may be gone, but “walls” can still be found in our modern society. What are the “walls” that we build around us today and what are the “walls” that we should tear down? The exhibition works as a dialogue between different voices, testimonies of people who lived in east Germany during the GDR, west germans and immigrants living in Germany. In addition, connected to people’s testimonies, the exhibition displays some of the “invisible walls” – current problems our society has, such racism, individualism, the power of media, social and collective identity.
It is a multimedia exhibition, a display of information for further exploration and reflection. It is a compilation of different views on the “walls” around us. The visitor is encouraged to perceive this apparently non-existing borders, “The invisible walls” – walls one doesn’t see but feels. The works on display are the result of a communication design process, using the design thinking and tools as a way to communicate with the public. The result is a mixed media exhibition filled with texts and images. Printed sheets hanging, installations, video projections and ambient sound incorporating quotes from the testimonies. A reflection cube full of visual metaphors, presented in a way that compels the visitors to reflect on what the walls around us are.
Venue: Gallery of Helmut Otto Rabisch, Dresden, Germany
Curation: Lucie Polácková & João Miranda
The performance will be held within the framework of the European project Remembering the Past – Building the Future, which aims to highlight the importance of remembrance and to show how the fragility of memory preserves the past and brings with it the hope of a better future.
This project has been co-funded by the Europe for Citizens programme.