European Month of Photography - Ethna O'Regan: Beyond Reach

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Irish Embassy Berlin

Jägerstraße 51

10117 Berlin

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The European Month of Photography (EMOP) returns in 2020.

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-Please register for a time slot-

Due to health & safety measures we created individual time slots for a group of max. 6 people, who will be able to view the exhibition for 20 minutes at a time. A complimentary drink and canapé will be served during your visit.

EMOP Berlin is Germany’s largest photography festival. Since 2004, the bi-annual event is a showcase for a wide range of exhibitions and events on historic and contemporary photography. The festival is organised by Kulturprojekte Berlin in collaboration with museums, cultural institutions, galleries, embassies, project spaces, and photography schools in Berlin and Potsdam.

The Embassy is proud to join forces with EMOP 2020 and to host an exhibition by Berlin based Irish photographer Ethna O'Regan.

In this work, O’Regan takes the viewer on a visual journey using landscape as a metaphor in order to create a feeling of remembrance for the victims of the Berlin Wall.

If one now embarks on a journey on foot or by bike along the 91 mile-long so-called Mauerweg (the wall trail) along the former border between West Berlin and Brandenburg, one is struck by the abundance of lush growth and woodland around the circumference of the city. This is due to the current policy of letting nature take over where the death strip used to be.

As O’Regan traveled along the trail she now and again came across memorials to people – often male, often young – who lost their lives trying to cross the border from East to West. The poignancy of these reminders of a now almost forgotten past motivated her to explore further and let her photographic record of the landscape in all its innocence tell the story. It is with awe and sadness that she went along the Mauerweg and she wishes to dedicate this work to the memory of the victims of a painful history.

The book ‘Beyond Reach’ was published by Kehrer Verlag in October, 2019 and can be purchased at the opening event.

The exhibition is curated by Sheena Malone.

It will run from Oct 1st til Dec 1st. Private tours can be booked with the artist.

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