BETWEEN THE WALLS (2016-2018)

The project compares two iconic border barriers: the Berlin Wall and the barrier in the West Bank. Both barriers symbolize - beyond its immediate, physical impact on the lives of people - geopolitical, religious and socio-ethnic boundaries in each their historical context.

The two border facilities have much in common: They did not only create  geographical "islands" that can't be left by the people within, both boundaries also provoke completely different opinions and attitudes, depending on which social, ethnic, religious and political environments one belongs to. Their function and consequences are interpreted completely different from each other side of the barrier. Furthermore, they also created and create their own urban landscape with many similarities.

One thing separates them: While the Berlin Wall is history, the barrier in the West Bank torments the everyday lifes of millions of people.

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Reiner Schaufler © 2019  

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