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31.05.2011

 

Hatje Cantz Verlag documents the gradual disappearance with two photo books. GoSee recommends Palast der Republik 1994-2010 and Thomas Hoepker - DDR Ansichten

The GDR is history and progressively sinks into oblivion. Since 1993, Christian von Steffelin has been using photographs in an attempt to counter that development. He documents the drastic changes in Eastern Berlin ever since the fall of the Wall, particularly illuminated by the short-lived stages of unique buildings and city spaces. He dedicated a long-time study to the ‘Palast der Republik 1994-2010’. A testimony to a gradual disappearance.

The former house of ministers and people’s chamber was closed in the early 1990s due to the high degree of asbestos pollution and despite heavy protest; it was completely deconstructed in the years to follow. Von Steffelin’s show telsl of the singular stages of decay of the former headquarters of power: ranging from the remains of the interior furnishings over the building in all its nakedness of the skeleton construction work to the deserted patch of grass that is left behind.

These pictures of a building slowly vanishing reveal the immense contradiction of past and present as well as the unfathomable transformation of locations – both in front of our eyes and in our lifetime.

Christian von Steffelin – Palast der Republik 1994-2010
Texts by Knut Ebeling, Manfred Schmalriede, Christian von Steffelin, Design by Kai-Olaf Hesse
248 Pages, 258 Pictures
ISBN 978-3-7757-2721-1
40 Euro

Thomas Hoepker is currently exhibiting his ‘DDR Ansichten’ (vies from the GDR) at the Gallery Hiltawsky in Berlin, where we face the same, almost forgotten impressions of the former SED regime. Parades of the FDJ, organised folk festivals and erect soldiers form a ‘living genre picture of the GDR’. The perfect way to give your coffee table the creeps.

The photographer incorporates seemingly ordinary scenes into the pictures to serve as a balancing factor: children playing with toy guns in derelict housing sites, a former officer in the midst of a tank cemetery and desolate people, who seem to search for a new place within yesterday and the newly acquired freedom in their world.

The ‘DDR Ansichten’ exhibition is accompanied by a publication of the same name with text by Wolf Biermann, published by Hatje Cantz.

Thomas Hoepker - DDR Ansichten
Exhibition

Until 9 July 2011
Galerie Hiltawsky
Tucholskystraße 41
Berlin

Book
256 Pages
201 Pictures
ISBN: 978-3-7757-2813-3
35 Euro

HATJE CANTZ : Thomas Hoepker - DDR Ansichten

HATJE CANTZ : Thomas Hoepker - DDR Ansichten

HATJE CANTZ : Thomas Hoepker - DDR Ansichten

HATJE CANTZ : Thomas Hoepker - DDR Ansichten

HATJE CANTZ : Thomas Hoepker - DDR Ansichten

HATJE CANTZ : Thomas Hoepker - DDR Ansichten

HATJE CANTZ : Thomas Hoepker - DDR Ansichten

HATJE CANTZ : Thomas Hoepker - DDR Ansichten

HATJE CANTZ : Thomas Hoepker - DDR Ansichten

HATJE CANTZ : Thomas Hoepker - DDR Ansichten

HATJE CANTZ : Thomas Hoepker - DDR Ansichten

HATJE CANTZ : Thomas Hoepker - DDR Ansichten

HATJE CANTZ : Thomas Hoepker - DDR Ansichten

HATJE CANTZ : Thomas Hoepker - DDR Ansichten