Robert Conrad - Memories of the Wall

Nov 8th - Jan 11th

In the late 80s and 1990 Robert Conrad extensively photographed the Berlin Wall.

The photos document the brutal incision of the city at the centre of the Cold War – both above ground and below. As the Berlin underground public transport system was run by West Berlin serving West Berlin, the sealed off and heavily patrolled ‘ghost stations’ below East Berlin territory were a quasi underground extension of the Wall and death strip above.

 30 years after they were taken Robert Conrad's photos don't just take us back to a momentous episode of 20th century history. They also take on an awkward topicality at a time when across the Western world the post war liberal values we have grown up with are increasingly undermined and called into question by populist movements at both ends of the political spectrum.  

The exhibition will be accompanied by the hardcover photo book ‘Echoes of a Building published in the Albumen Gallery Publishing Series.  Order the book

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Pariser Platz, East Berlin with view to Brandenburg Gate and the Wall (1988)

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Fenced in death strip in Henningsdorf, GDR District Potsdam (1988)

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Field near Stolpe, GDR District Potsdam (1990)

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Sanded death strip at Erlenweg in Kleinmachnow (Region Potsdam, GDR) north of Teltowkanal, (1990)

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Death Strip along Stahnsdorfer Straße - Potsdam to the left, West Berlin to the right. (1988)

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View to Spandau, West Berlin from Staaken Nennhauser Damm, East Berlin (1988)

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West Berlin viewing tower at Dannenwalder Weg. In the background watchtower on death strip. (1990)

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Berlin Wall along Schwedter Straße, East Berlin (1988)

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Death strip along Schwedter Straße towards Bernauer Straße, East Berlin (1988 )

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Death strip of Berlin Wall Pankow, East Berlin (1990)

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Death strip of Berlin Wall Pankow, East Berlin (1990)

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Berlin Wall watchtower (East Berlin), Wollankstraße, Pankow (1990)

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Death strip with barricaded entrance to sealed off East Berlin S-Bahn station Potsdamer Platz (1989)

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Border control patrol car on death strip, Egon-Schultz Straße (now again Strelitzer Straße) (1990)

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Death strip on Zimmerstraße, East Berlin. In the background office building of Axel-Springer publishing house in West Berlin (1990)

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Death strip and Wall cutting across Brunnenstraße, East Berlin (1990)

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U-Bahn underground station Potsdamer Platz below East Berlin territory (1989)

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Platform of sealed off ‘ghost station’ Potsdamer Platz, East Berlin (1990)

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Early 60s Advertsising poster on platform of sealed off 'ghost station' Rosenthaler Platz, East Berlin (1989)

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Woman walking on cleared death strip at Egon-Schultz-Straße (now again Strelitzer Straße) (1990)

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Bricked up entrances on Egon-Schultz-Straße (now again Strelitzer Straße) close to the Wall, East Berlin (1990)

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Gleimstraße, Prenzlauer Berg, East Berlin (1990)

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Cars (Trabant, Skoda, Moswitsch) at Heinrich-Heine-Platz, East Berlin (1990)

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'Germany one Fatherland) graffiti on wall segment near East Berlin Heinrich-Heine-Straße Checkpoint (1990)

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The Wall near former Nordbahnhof (East Berlin). View across death strip to St. Sebastian Church, West Berlin. (1988)

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Death strip between Leipziger Straße and Pariser Platz (East Berlin) with mound covering Hitler's bunker (1990)

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The Wall cutting across Egon-Schultz Straße (now again Strelitzer Straße), East Berlin (1990)

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Bricked up station hall of sealed off ghost station Nordbahnhof, East Berlin (1989)

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Platform on underground sealed off ‘ghost station ‘ Nordbahnhof below East Berlin territory (1989)

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Bricked up exit of underground U-Bahnhof Potsdamer Platz. (1989)

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Advertising poster of early 60s on platform in sealed of Potsadmaer Platz ‘ghost station’ (1989)

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Tiled wall in the sealed off underground station Oranienburger Straße (1989)

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Station office on platform of sealed off ‘ghost station’ Potsdamer Platz (1990)

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Abandoned train tunnel near sealed off ‘ghost station’ Potsdamer Platz (1989)

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Telephone booth on platform of sealed off Underground station Französische Straße below East Berlin territory (1990)

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Bricked up U-Bahn track tunnel between Potsdamer Platz (East Berlin) and Gleisdreieck (West-Berlin) 1990

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Parasol on death strip of Berlin Wall between Landwehrkanal and Lohmühlenstraße (1990)

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Death strip with watchtower on cut off Charlottenstraße (East Berlin). In the background Kreuzberg (West-Berlin) apartment buildings. (1990)

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Viiew of Kreuzberg (West Berlin) along Lindenstraße cut across by the Wall (1990)

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Death strip on Lindenstraße, East Berlin (1990)

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Death strip, Kiefholzstraße, Treptow, East Berlin (1989)

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Watch tower on deathstrip in Treptow, East Berlin

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The Wall near Rudower Chaussee, East Berlin (1989)

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East Berlin Administration notice in the Nordbahnhof pedestrian tunnel. Paradoxically, 'Demokratischer Sektor' refers to East Berlin. (1990)