Beyond the Wall Lights Up Derry~Londonderry

Images by photographer Kai Wiedenhofer set to light up Free Derry Wall and the Berlin Wall from July 19

The iconic Free Derry Wall is set to be transformed for an entire weekend from July 19 – 21, as images by award-winning German photographer Kai Wiedenhofer go on display simultaneously in Derry~Londonderry and Berlin.

The images form part of the second major photographic exhibition of the UK City of Culture 2013 year in Derry~Londonderry, following on from the hugely acclaimed Picturing Derry exhibition at the City Factory.

Wall on Wall is one of three strands of the wider Beyond the Walls exhibition, a partnership between the Nerve Centre and the Culture Company’s BT Portrait of a City project, which examines how conflicts have changed the physical landscape of cities including Dubrovnik, Baghdad, Belfast and Derry~Londonderry.

Beyond the Walls brings together works by Camerawork, Willie Doherty, Wade Goddard, Clive Limpkin, Homer Sykes, Kai Weidenhoffer, and photographers who lived in Derry~Londonderry throughout the conflict there.

Pearse Moore, Chief Executive of the Nerve Centre, said: 'Through his work Kai Wiedenhofer has brought to international attention the dangers and problems of divided societies throughout the world. It is fitting in the City of Culture year that he has chosen to bring his work to Derry~Londonderry and highly symbolic that his work should be displayed simultaneously on the Berlin Wall and here on Free Derry Corner.'

For the past seven years, Wiedenhofer has been documenting peace walls across the world and has become something of an iconic figure in Germany for his panoramic displays mounted on the Berlin Wall.

For Wall on Wall, Wiedenhofer will mount 36 panoramic images onto the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall on the western side. The eastern side is known as the East Side Gallery and is one of the tourist hot spots in Berlin.

Simultaneously, one of his images will be displayed on Free Derry Wall in the Bogside for the duration of the opening weekend of Beyond the Wall exhibition. Wiedenhofer’s work will also be displayed in the main Beyond the Wall exhibition at the City Factory, which runs from July 18 to August 25.

Declan Sheehan, curator of the Beyond the Walls exhibition, said: 'The success of the Picturing Derry exhibition shows that there is an appetite among the people of this city to re-examine the recent past and perhaps see it with new eyes through the medium of photography. Kai Wiedenhofer’s work around the world has a particular resonance in this city and we are extremely excited at the prospect of exhibiting his work here.'