This May the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center in Chicago will be opening up their latest exhibit featuring the photographic works of Kai Wiedenhöfer taken in 1989 during the fall of the Berlin Wall. “Freedom Forward: 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall” is designed to illuminate the psychology of borders and raise probing ethical questions stemming both before and after the Wall.
Having been deeply moved by the historic events surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall, Wiedenhöfer left the scene optimistic about the future and called it the most positive political experience of his life. At the time he believed he had seen the last of these divisive walls in history, but in recent years saw that to not be the case.
In recent years, Wiedenhöfer captured with his camera the construction of the barrier between Isreal and the West Bank, the reinforcement of “peace lines” dividing Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods in Ireland, the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea, and even the tense border problem between the U.S. and Mexico.
By capturing these societal barriers, he hopes to raise questions and encourage viewers to discuss and try to understand the people on the other side. “Walls are no solution for today’s major political problems, and I think the Berlin Wall is the best proof of that.”
Wiedenhöfer’s “Freedom Forward” exhibit will open with a reception on May 15 from 6pm to 9pm and will have regular visiting hours Mondays through Saturdays from 11am to 3pm. The DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is located in Chicago’s traditionally German neighborhood, Lincoln Square .
While Wiedenhöfer has stated that these days it is hard to imagine a world without walls, he wants people to be reminded of what Berlin demonstrators chanted in 1989: “Die Mauer muss weg – the wall has to go.”
Source: DANK Haus