A World Without Walls 2010
”An International Conference on Peacebuilding, Reconciliation and Globalization in an Interdependent World”
"Berlin´s Wall Art" - By Heinz J. Kuzdas
(Keynote Speech, Presentation, Reception, Concert)
Monday, November 8th, 2010 at 20:00 - ICD House
For years, the Berlin Wall represented a symbol of division between the free world and communist world, the West and the East, and most directly between East and West Berlin. In addition to serving as a physical divider, it also stood as a canvas for artists on the western side to express themselves and comment on the political and social themes of the day. The photography of Heinz Kuzdas documents this artistic development of the Berlin Wall. His comprehensive coverage of “Berlin Wall Art” preserves today the social commentary of the art which was lost with the fall of the wall in 1989. Heinz J. Kuzdas was born in Künzelsau, in South-West Germany. He's been living in Berlin since 1972 and has lived in France, the USA, Canada and South America. Kuzdas studied Philosophy and Medicine at the Freie Universität Berlin, has worked as a medical coordinator, as a journalist and photo journalist and has organized several exhibitions abroad and within Germany.
Introduction by Walter Momper (Mayor of Berlin 1988-1990)
On November 9th, 1989 the Wall that once divided Berlin lost its function. It was a product of the Cold War. But with the pulling-down of the Wall, many of the sometimes beautifully painted parts are bound to disappear as well. We have no regrets for the Wall but we will sure miss the Wall Art. It is therefore important and enriching to document these artworks for the generations to come. It is important for the Wall to be remembered for being a concrete proof of political failure as well as for the way people got adjusted to and integrated it into everyday life by painting it. Art challenged concrete and art won.
Berlin Wall Art/Berliner Mauer Kunst -Photo-Doku 1982-90 German/English/French/Spanish
by Heinz J. Kuzdas, 2009- 10th Edition -Espresso Verlag ISBN 3-88520-634-X