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A photo exhibition on the Berlin Wall about 8 border walls that separate people worldwide.
A photo exhibition on the Berlin Wall about 8 border walls that separate people worldwide.
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My name is Kai Wiedenhöfer, I'm a photographer based in Berlin and for the past seven years I have been photographing walls that separate people around the world.

I'm now in the process of publishing a book of the pictures from this long term project (titled 'Confrontier'), and my dream is to realize an exhibition of these photographs on one of the most dramatic landmarks of the city I live in: the Berlin Wall.

The concept of the WALLONWALL exhibition is to show the contemporary issues of separation walls erected all over the world on the physical remains of the most famous fallen wall.
Peace begins where walls fall, not where they are erected.

Waterville Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Waterville Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland

If we reach our target, we will be printing 36 pictures from the project in extra large format (9x3 meters - i.e. 29x10 feet), and we'll be mounting them on one side of one of the longest stretches of the Wall still standing along the river Spree in Berlin.

The exhibition will cover more than 1100 square meters and will create a striking visual experience for the visitors that come to see the Wall every day.

The exhibition will be open for two months, in July and August 2013, and will be open for free to everybody 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is expected that more than 200.000 people will visit that stretch of the Berlin Wall in the central months of the summer.

Our target amount will cover our expenses for the materials, the printing and the mounting of the pictures.

Since you are probably wondering: we have already all the necessary permits from the relevant authorities in Berlin for the mounting of the pictures on the side of the Wall facing the river Spree. The mounting will be executed by professionals that will ensure the best result.

We also have already realized a successful test last November: a test print was mounted and removed after 20 days with no remains on the wall.

test mounting of a 3x9m panoramic print onto the Berlin Wall
test mounting of a 3x9m panoramic print onto the Berlin Wall

Since 2006 I’ve photographed eight border and separation walls:
Baghdad (700 km)
South-Korea | North-Korea (248 km)
Cyprus | Greenline (180 km)
USA | Mexico (3141 km)
Ceuta and Melilla, Spain | Marocco (8+13 km)
Israel | Palestinian Territories (703 km)
Belfast | Peace Lines (15 km)
The Iron Curtain | former German - German border (1378 km)

Nazlat 'Isa, Palestinian Territories
Nazlat 'Isa, Palestinian Territories
Naco, Arizona, USA
Naco, Arizona, USA

Cooperating partners of WALLONWALL: 
- Adrienne Goehler is the former cultural senator of Berlin and former Head of the academy of fine arts in Hamburg. She works as curator and creator on various exhibitions.
- Neil Burgess is an agent and editor who has worked with top photographers worldwide for 30 years. The director of Magnum Photos London and New York , he started nbpictures in London in 2003 combining interests in art commerce and journalism, and representing Sebastiao Salgado and Annie Leibovitz.
- Sara Zampieri & Nicola Scodellaro a/k/a pholpo, a motion + graphic design studio based in Berlin.
- Dirk Fütterer is a communication designer with more than 20 years of experience in the US and Germany. Since 2004 he is also a professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld, Germany, teaching typography and editorial design.
- Fred Kowasch - born in the former East-Germany - is an investigative tv-reporter for sport and politics. WALLONWALL is his first 90 minute documentary.
- Kickstarter video by Raphaël Lafargue

Melilla, Spain - Morocco
Melilla, Spain - Morocco
Nicosia, Cyprus
Nicosia, Cyprus

More info about this photographic project: 

You could find more informations on the project website: wallonwall.org
For all questions about WALLONWALL feel free to write to: gate@wallonwall.org

CONFRONTIERS book, published by Steidl

Here are some documentary videos realized about this photographic project:

“Borderlands” Documentary on YouTube
“Grenzgänge” Documentary on the Second German Television ZDF & 3SAT (deutsch)
Feature in “Aspekte” on the Secound German Television ZDF (deutsch)

Risks and challenges

The project has been thoroughly prepared and there are hardly any risks or challenges. We did receive the permit from the municipality in Berlin that allows us to mount the pictures following the procedures tested successfully in the real life-size test.
The pictures have been shot on large-size negatives that allow for high quality printing on big formats (9x3 meters).
The mounting will be executed by professionals to ensure the best results.

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    A black & white postcard with a picture from the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 signed by the artist.

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    The postcard above + the invitation to the opening of the exhibit WALLONWALL.

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    The book CONFRONTIER by Kai Wiedenhoefer published by Steidl.

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    1/2h personal tour of the show WALLONWALL by Kai Wiedenhoefer between mid of July – end of August.

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    Signed book stamped with the WALLONWALL logo + one squaremeter of a original WALLONWALL show taken off the Berlin Wall. When we remove the show from the wall, we will have cut out interesting pieces. These paper pieces will be folded.

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    Signed books CONFRONTIER + WALL by Kai Wiedenhoefer, both published by Steidl. WALL is long out of print – (only ten available). Both with the unique WALLONWALL stamp.

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    A numbered and signed book CONFRONTIER + signed silver gelatine printed by the photographer 9x12" (23x30cm) from the fall of Berlin Wall in 1989. Both with the unique WALLONWALL stamp (only 40 available).

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    A five day wall workshop which the photographer around the Berlin Wall and Berlin between mid of July – end of August. Excluding travel expenses.
    For a small group of max. 8 people.

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    An original signed book dummy 20x30cm with 26 inkjet prints from the Belfast Peacelines. Handbound with English buckram by the photographer. 20x30cm Hardcover + signed book CONFRONTIER. (only two available)

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    An original signed book dummy 20x30cm with 35 inkjet prints from American – Mexican border. Handbound with English buckram by the photographer. 20x30cm Hardcover + signed book CONFRONTIER. (only two available)

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    Signed book CONFRONTIER + an orginal dummy of the book, which is not the same edit as the printed book. Hardcover. (only one available)

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    A 24x72" (60x180cm) archival print of your choice (edition of eight) from the book CONFRONTIER.

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    Your wallproject self-starter kit: The photographer's panorama camera with which most of the panoramics were taken:
    A vintage Fuji GX617 with 105mm + centerfilter in working condition
    + a signed copy of CONFRONTIER + 3 Kodak 220 Portra NC + alarm clock so you wake up early. (only one available).
    If you also join my workshop above, you can use my darkroom while you are in Berlin.

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