Monday 4 November 2019

'The piece we are creating is a dialogue between 1989 and 2019.'

In 1980s Berlin, street art painted on the Berlin Wall was a form of artistic resistance and political commentary.

French artist Thierry Noir lived in a squat near the Berlin Wall and began painting on it in 1984, the first artist to systematically paint long stretches of the wall.

'The danger was every time behind the wall…I was young at that time, young enough to run away,' he recalls.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, he has created a new work with his friend and fellow street artist STIK. The pair have painted directly onto two original pieces of the Berlin Wall, recovered from Berlin especially for the installation.

Wall features two figures facing towards each other, the 'past engaging with the present'.

'I hope our collaboration on the Berlin Wall will highlight the importance of connection between people through times of division and change,' says STIK.

Wall is on display outside IWM London until 1 December 2019. 

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