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BORDERLANDS photography exhibit by Valentina Culley-Foster

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Embassy of Ireland

Jägerstrasse 51

10117 Berlin

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BORDERLANDS: Two conceptual documentary photographic series on borders

Viewing hours: Monday - Friday: 9:30 - 12:30 until January 31st 2018

Or by appointment via email: berlinrsvp@dfa.ie

// Please bring your passport or iD to guarantee entry to the Irish Embassy

// For a private tour please contact me via email: photo@vculleyfoster.com


The Embassy of Ireland Berlin presents “From the North to the Republic”, a series that explores Derry as a divided city by the geographical border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. The images that also form a book, take viewers on a visual journey across the religiously and politically divided communities of Derry, follows up by crossing the jurisdictional border depicting former border checkpoints and ends in rural landscapes in scenic County Donegal - a popular destination for the inhabitants of Derry.

The series was shot in 2012/2013 and the photographer moved to Northern Ireland to create the project as part of an immersive experience. 2013 was also the year that Derry won the bid for the UK City of Culture and welcomed many guests from across the world to celebrate the city's unique culture and it's population of 108,000 for a year. The project has previously been exhibited at the Old Truman Brewery in London (2013) and at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast (2014) in the Northern Irish Political Archives section. The latter is also where the photographer conducted the research behind the project. An independently created book dummy is on permanent display at the ‘The Library Project - For Visual & Critical Thinking’ in Dublin.

The exhibit invites you to re-evaluate the significance of the open border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, particularly in light of Brexit.

The second series on display “Berlin Wall Trail: Space in Flux” (2013), documents the 96mile circumference of the Berliner Mauerweg by bike, which was opened in 2006 as part of an urban redevelopment project by the city of Berlin. This project invites you to consider the contemporary significance of the space where the Berlin Wall once stood with the erased physical footprint of a fortified Border in mind.

These larger photographic series document the impact of vanishing and emerging cultural divisions, as well as the change in geographical and geopolitical landscapes, with and without militarized borders, in both Berlin and Northern Ireland. Both projects still require a publisher for public distribution in book form.

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