University of Calgary

Walls Between People

Photography exhibit opening Feb. 8 explores world’s most conflicted borders

Feb. 4, 2013

We live in an age marked by the free cross-border flow of goods and information, yet borders are increasingly difficult for humans to cross. Walls Between People is a photography exhibit opening February 8 at the Military Museums Founders’ Gallery that unravels complex international conflicts by surveying eight modern barrier walls. French photographers Alexandra Novosseloff and Frank Neisse explored the separation wall in Israel-Palestine and the border between the United States and Mexico as part of this unique project. The exhibition runs until April 14.

Like the walls represented in this exhibition, The Founders’ Gallery has been tagged with graffiti by artist Tod Massie. Visitors can climb a watchtower to take in alternative views of the exhibition. A sound installation by American artist Glenn Weyant envelops the space at times with the sounds of chirping desert birds and at others with the banging of the corrugated steel evocative of the wall between Mexico and the US.

Novosseloff will host a symposium on issues raised by Walls Between People on Saturday, February 9 from noon until 4 p.m. It will include an artist’s tour of the exhibition as well as a lecture by Calgary’s Marcello Di Cintio, author of Walls: Travels Along the Barricades.

What: Media preview of Walls Between People, a compelling new exhibit by French photographers Alexandra Novosseloff and Frank Neisse.

When: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at 10 am.

Where: The Military Museums, The Founders’ Gallery, 4520 Crowchild Trail SW

Who: Artist Alexandra Novosseloff and exhibition curator Lindsey V. Sharman will be available to speak to the media.