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Thirty years ago the Wall fell in Germany - a border that not only separated two states, but also very different social systems in the middle of Europe. It divided the world into East and West. In 1989 there was great hope worldwide that peace would finally come. The border between Ireland and Northern Ireland has once again attracted international attention. The bloody Northern Ireland conflict is considered over and the border disputes between the Republic of Ireland and the British North have been settled - but national egotisms in Britain and elsewhere have ensured that border issues are back on the world political agenda. Differentiation and exclusion are being preached again and are increasingly gaining support.


The group exhibition "The Other Side - Border Spaces in Contemporary Irish Art" shows the personal, geopolitical and cultural effects of borders and social division in the current positions of six contemporary Irish artists. With this highly topical exhibition in the heart of Europe, Dortmunder U wants to promote the idea of taking a look at the "other side" of borders and stimulating discourse on the fact that borders separate rather than connect, are problems rather than problem solvers. The show is curated by Anne Mager.



Anyone crossing the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland for the first time is often surprised by what cannot be seen: neither border posts, controls nor large warning signs irritate traffic here. What was strictly controlled by the military during the so-called "Troubles", the bloody conflict in Northern Ireland that lasted for more than thirty years, is today, like many other European internal borders, barely physically significant.
But like any border, the inner-Irish one does not need walls to have far-reaching consequences. More than twenty years after the Good Friday Agreement, which ended the civil war, the Brexit conflict has returned to the forefront and Ireland and the European Union face challenges posed by a new EU external border.



Enda Bowe, Willie Doherty, Seán Hillen, Jesse Jones, Dragana Jurišić and Kathy Prendergast explore in video installations, sculptures, photographs and collages the physical, social and imaginary dimensions of borders and investigate questions of territorial violence, conflict and identity.

In "Love's Fire Song", photographer Enda Bowe portrays young people on both sides of the so-called peace walls in Belfast. His photographs go beyond stereotypical representations of political and religious motifs and provide an intimate insight into the youth culture of Northern Ireland.

In his photographs and video installations, Willie Doherty, twice nominated for the Turner Prize, explores how traumatic pasts are anchored in landscapes and places. The point of departure for his disturbing visual worlds is often his hometown Derry, site of the "Bloody Sunday" massacre in January 1972.


The video artist Jesse Jones, who represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2017, links the military conflict and the individual experiences and traumas of Northern Ireland and South Koreans in "The Other North".


For over 25 years Seán Hillen has been collaging his own photographs of the "Troubles" and Irish postcard motifs, creating utopian and confusingly humorous landscapes.


Kathy Prendergast's cartographic interventions question the sovereignty of meaning and the supposed objectivity of maps and globes and show that national borders are always human constructs.


The Serbian-Croatian photographer Dragana Jurišić, who lives in Dublin, on the other hand, sets out in "YU: The Lost Country" on a photographic search for traces of her homeland in a country that no longer exists and recalls how fragile European peace can be.


The exhibition "The Other Side" sheds light on the past and present of a divided island, offers new insights into contemporary Irish positions and provides artistic impulses for our understanding of social belonging and political demarcation. She deliberately avoids an illustrative image and invites us to form our own impression of the personal, geopolitical and cultural effects of borders and social division."The Other Side - Border Spaces in Contemporary Irish Art".


Group exhibition with works by Enda Bowe, Willie Doherty, Seán Hillen, Jesse Jones, Dragana Jurišić and Kathy Prendergast, curated by Anne Mager.


20 December 2019 - 17 March 2020 

Admission: 5 Euro / reduced 3 Euro Eröffnung: 19.12.2020 18 Uhr
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