On the 9th of November 1989, the Berlin Wall fell down, a dramatic symbol of the Iron Curtain that had divided Europe into two blocks for nearly forty years. Now, twenty-five years later, twelve Dutch photographers look back on the work they made in Central and Eastern Europe between 1979 and the upheavals around 1989.
In his famous Fulton speech of 1946, Winston Churchill introduced the notion of the Iron Curtain as an imaginary borderline between the Communist Eastern Bloc and the Capitalist West: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the continent.” After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Communist system in Europe quickly came to an end; and the differences between both worlds gradually blurred.
The Other Side, now twenty-five years on, brings together twelve prominent Dutch photographers, all of whom documented the period prior to and during various revolutions in the former Eastern Bloc countries. They were witnesses to historical moments, such as the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the emergence of the Polish trade union, Solidarity, and the Romanian revolution. Yet, they also captured ordinary everyday life. The entirety reveals a surprising and multifaceted view of the Eastern Bloc at the time.
The analogue work, in black and white and in colour, bears the signature of the photographer, registering the way he or she photographed at the time. This exhibition couples the historical significances of these events to a broad overview of Dutch photojournalism in the 1980s and early '90s. All of the photographers exhibited are still alive and kicking, and together they form a mainstay for a new generation of documentary and journalistic photographers.
- The Other Side
8 Nov 2014 - 11 Jan 2015
Akerkhof 12, 9711 JB Groningen,
Opening hours Wed – Sun, noon – 6 pm