Prague, negative August 1968; print 1990. Image courtesy of © Josef Koudelka/Magnum Photos
I grew up behind the Iron Curtain, like many people in Eastern and Central Europe. All my life I wanted to go behind the Wall, to go on the other side. But in fact I never saw the Wall. It was difficult to get close, they wouldn’t let us. To try to get close meant that you are trying to escape. But in spite of that the Wall was present all the time in my mind. I wanted to get out of the cage, to see what was on the other side. I knew that what they were telling us was not true, that they were trying to manipulate us. I wanted to learn for myself what the truth is.
Exiles, 1968, Wall… Josef Koudelka’s work makes borders visible, while his personal story of a nomad, based upon his work and views. He has been crossing many borders, challenging the ‘Old World’ by that. Which role does his testimony of isolation and communication play in these days?
Read the whole interview here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sylvia-sukop/confronting-borders-old-and-new_b_6891466.html
former Czechoslovak minister for Internal Affairs, Lubomir Strougal
High voltage in the fence on the borders during Communism might be classified in Czech Republic as crime against humanity. Slovak side says it was a part of the legislative of those times.
(article in Slovak)
The latest episode the Austrian TV-crimi series Tatort is dealing with murder of an Austrian citizen on Czechoslovak border in the 1960s, based on a true story – and tracing out unexpected connections…
(video and description in German)
An exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Iron Curtain, examining the development of Kittsee and ‘the greater space of Bratislava’ in 1948 – 1989. The exhibition presents mainly political and historical events connected with the given time through panels with photographs and objects. Examples of daily life in Austria or former Czechoslovakia are also present on this exhibition.
For the upcoming art project, SK/AT, the exhibition provides material and information to challenge what we know about ‘the other’ side, what might the possible stereotypes and blind spots and how might be these connected to the way we learned history.
Curator: Mag. phil. Benedikt Wallner
open June 14th – October 17th 2014
weekends (Sat, Sun) 10 – 18
or open for groups with guided tours (requires pre-registration)
Short description (in German): http://www.actioner.de/veranstaltungen-archiv/814599/ausstellung-grenzfalle-als-vor-kittsee-der-vorhang-fiel
Short press release (Slovak): http://www.seredonline.sk/clanky/-grenzfalle-ked-pred-kittsee-spadla-opona-/
press photograph to the event Bild (v.l.): Nach der Ausstellungseröffnung im Schloss Kittsee: Vzbgm. Franz Buchta, Klubobmann Rudolf Strommer, Bgm.in Dr. Gabriele Nabinger, Marillenkönigin Sandra Wuketits, LH Hans Niessl, GR Maria Bezenek-Salvamoser, GV Karin Darnai. Bildquelle: Bgld. Landesmedienservice
photographer: Miroslav Kosirer