August 8, 2011: The Berlin Wall marks its 50th anniversary later this week.
by Leslie Hossack
The booming economy in West Germany, which is visible to every citizen of the GDR, is the primary reason that in the last ten years around two million people have left our republic. – Walter Ulbricht to Premier Nikita Krushchev, 18 January 1961
West Berlin is a bone in the throat of Soviet-American relations … If Adenauer wants to fight, West Berlin would be a good place to begin the conflict. – Premier Nikita Krushchev to U.S. Ambassador Llewellyn Thompson, 9 March 1961
Berlin Wall Detail # 1, from The Wall, Niederkirchner Strasse, Berlin 2010
The two image details shown here are taken from my photograph entitled The Wall, Niederkirchner Strasse. The original photograph is a construction, not a stitch. It measures eight feet long and is currently on view in my exhibition CITIES OF STONE – PEOPLE OF DUST at the Red Wall Gallery in Ottawa until September 2nd.
This photograph is intended to simulate a walk along the Berlin Wall today, 50 years after it first appeared. I plan to post two different details everyday this week, leading up to Saturday when I will post the entire image at 2 a.m. to coincide with the time that the Berlin Wall was born on August 13th, 1961.
Berlin Wall Detail # 2, from The Wall, Niederkirchner Strasse, Berlin 2010
© Leslie Hossack