The World’s Largest Outdoor Gallery? – WallOnWall

04 October 2019

The "peaceline" at Cupar Way, Belfast | CRC NI

As part of an exhibit that marks 50 years since the building of the first “peace line” in Belfast, Kai Wiedenhöfer does a walking tour of “the largest outdoor art gallery in the world.”

Cupar Way ‘peaceline’ Belfast | CRC NI
Cupar Way ‘peaceline’ Belfast, 27 September 2019. 36 photographs are printed on the Cupar Way “peaceline”

Cupar Way ‘peaceline’ Belfast | CRC NI
An outdoor exhibition about border walls – on a border wall. WALLonWall explores the impact of Peace Walls and Peace Lines

Cupar Way ‘peaceline’ Belfast | CRC NI
Jackie Redpath, Greater Shankill Partnership, speaking at the opening of the exhibition.

Cupar Way ‘peaceline’ Belfast | CRC NI
Kai Wiedenhöfer, the exhibiting photographer, does a walking tour of “the largest outdoor art gallery in the world.” Nobody’s quite sure if it’s exactly the largest or not, but the photographic exhibition covers 1,110 square meters.

The "peaceline" at Cupar Way, Belfast | CRC NI
Photographic panoramas taken by Kai Wiedenhöfer at 10 border and separation walls in Iraq, Palestine, Cyprus, France and more since 1989.

Cupar Way ‘peaceline’ Belfast | CRC NI
The exhibit marks 50 years since the building of the first “peaceline” in Belfast. It also marks 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Cupar Way ‘peaceline’ Belfast | CRC NI
Cyprus | Greenline. “I’ve been to the Turkish side and back again. You can even go there as a tourist. In the city itself it’s a little bit grim because both of the armies are holding positions on both sides. And actually not much is happening,” Kai said.

Cupar Way ‘peaceline’ Belfast | CRC NI
Mexico | USA “This is now me on the Mexico side. And in fact, while I was there, a coyote – a people smuggler – arrives with a ladder and one-two-three people climb right over. All it took was a ladder."

"On the American side," Kai continued, "the territory expands a really long distance, and the border patrol has motion sensors in the ground, there’s CCTV and drones flying. So they catch people mostly through these electronic means than preventing them from entering the US by the wall or fence.”

Cupar Way ‘peaceline’ Belfast | CRC NI

The community groups were working for three weeks preparing the wall for the exhibition. The thing about this project, is that everybody’s behind it. They were willing to do it. And they’re proud of it. The whole project had taken about a year.”

Deirdre Robb, Chief Executive, Belfast Exposed.

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