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Borders from around world grace walls of Belfast peace line

By Michael McHugh

A Belfast peace wall is exhibiting photos of the world's border walls ahead of Brexit.

Wall On Wall includes images of structures in places such as Korea, Palestine and the United States.

It is an open-air exhibition in west Belfast, on a boundary between Catholic and Protestant residents.

The display marks 50 years since the building of the first peace line in Belfast and 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The exhibition, by German photographer Kai Wiedenhofer, features 36 panoramas measuring 10ft (3m) by 30ft (9m).

The photographer has taken pictures of 10 border and separation walls in the EU, US, Korea and other countries since 1989.

Northern Ireland's peace walls are a legacy of the 30-year conflict and are scattered around what were once flashpoints between the two communities and which are now largely peaceful.

Photos by German photographer Kai Wiedenhofer which are being exhibited on Belfast’s peace walls
Photos by German photographer Kai Wiedenhofer which are being exhibited on Belfast’s peace walls
Photos by German photographer Kai Wiedenhofer which are being exhibited on Belfast’s peace walls
Photos by German photographer Kai Wiedenhofer which are being exhibited on Belfast’s peace walls
Photos by German photographer Kai Wiedenhofer which are being exhibited on Belfast’s peace walls

Deirdre Robb, chief executive of Belfast Exposed photographic gallery which is supporting the exhibition, said yesterday: "It is a conversation about why are they still there.

"Should they still be there?"

She continued: "It is a vehicle of internationalising it because we are not the only ones with peace walls and quite often we feel we are; it is a growing problem across the whole of Europe.

"There are more and more walls being built in our society, which creates a barrier."

The exhibition, which opened last Friday, is accessible day and night and will run until November 15.

There are no fees and further information about the photographer and exhibition can be found online by logging on to: wallonwall.org.

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