press release

Walking Through Walls takes the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall as a point of departure for capturing the emotional, psychological, and physical impact of tangible and metaphorical structures of division. Bringing together 28 artists from 21 countries across the globe, it provides a current panorama of a diverse range of artistic practices that evoke the polarizing realities of separation and exclusion. The exhibition is conceived as a comprehensive, non-linear encounter, constructed around three interwoven strands of inquiry: the architectural nature of walls, the impact they have on those who live with them, and the struggle to overcome them. The Gropius Bau’s historically charged location provides a further point of reference with many symbolic sites located in direct vicinity of the gallery spaces. Several artworks were specifically commissioned for the exhibition, and some were reconceived as site-specific installations adapted to the architecture of the building. Through works that create a range of visual, spatial and immersive experiences, the exhibition is liberated from its German specificity, making it a nuanced response to the national, economic, gender and racial injustices that persist across the politically charged landscape of our world.

With works by Marina Abramović and Ulay, José Bechara, Sibylle Bergemann, Tagreed Darghouth, Jose Dávila, Willie Doherty, Smadar Dreyfus, Melvin Edwards, Dara Friedman, Dora García, Zahrah Al Ghamdi, Mona Hatoum, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Michael Kvium, Gustav Metzger, Reem Al Nasser, Christian Odzuck, Emeka Ogboh, Anri Sala, Fred Sandback, Aki Sasamoto, Regina Silveira, Siska, Javier Téllez, Samson Young, Yuan Yuan and Héctor Zamora

Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, Art Reoriented, Associate Curators Gropius Bau Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation