Des Murs entre les Hommes (Walls Between People)

Exhibition : On eight different walls and situations.
Location : Walkthrough Gallery - Alliance Française (Oud Metha) 
Period : from 15 January till 29 February 2012
Days : from Sunday to Thursday
Timing : from 9 :00 am to 4:00 pm
Age group : Children & Adults
Visit Duration : 45 minutes – 1 hour
Language : French & English texts

Themes : This original and unusual photographical reportage 
concerns eight different walls and situations, 
current scars of our open and globalized world: 

- The Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea
- The Green Line that divides the island of Cyprus
- The Peace Lines in Northern Ireland
- The Berm, a wall of sand that crosses the Western Sahara from north to south
- The Barrier built between the United States and Mexico
- The Barbed wired Fence around the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and of Ceuta in Morocco
- The Electrified Fence along the Control Line between Pakistan and India
- The Separation Wall between Israelis and Palestinians.

Pedagogic : Presentation document on the exhibition
Document with the pictures and the explanation text
(All documents can be sent to you before visiting the exhibition)

About the Exhibition:
After a two-year journey around the world that led them from Tijuana to Belfast and from Jerusalem to Seoul and Laayoune, 
Alexandra Novosseloff and Frank Neisse met people that are living by those walls to better understand their lives.

Between protection and separation
In the short term, a wall fulfils the functions of protection and safeguarding. But alone it cannot guarantee effective protection. It must itself be guarded. In fact, it protects less than it separates. Beyond security and protection, the objective is separation from one’s neighbor.

Photographers Biography

Alexandra Novosseloff is a research associate at the Centre Thucydide, a research center of the University of Paris-Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2). She holds a PhD in political science from that University and is specialized in the field of international organizations, peacekeeping, the relationships between the United Nations and regional organizations. In 2002-2003, she was a visiting fellow at the International Peace Academy in New York. In 1999, she was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Security Studies of the Western European Union. In 1996-1997, she was a consultant at the Analysis and Forecasting Office of the UNESCO.

Frank Neisse works in the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. From 2001 until 2008, he was seconded to different UN peacekeeping operations and EU crisis management missions in the Balkans and Western Sahara, as a political-security advisor. Previously, he had worked as a desk officer at the Directorate for Strategic Affairs of the French Ministry of Defence, on Mediterranean and European Security and Defence Policy issues.

Bookings contact (for school teachers and general public) : Alice at the library of the Alliance Française de Dubai – Tel. 04 335 87 12