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TEMPORARY SHOWROOM
TEMPORARY SHOWROOM

5'-0" X 6'-0" Aluminum Dibond Archival Print A fresh coat of while paint on the exterior trim, and clean modern typography on the windows are the only clues that an Architect's office resides inside this Prenzlauberg location. This image seems to capture this merging of the "old" and "new" where even the broken down wooden door shutter is left intact as a reminder of this area's dismal past, on the facade of a new and hopeful future.

STUDY IN BLUE
STUDY IN BLUE

Blue is New, Brown is Old   16” x 48”   Aluminum Dibond Archival Print A bright new Blue Building (right) and a Model (Furniture) shop (left), which is now a cafe. Only the fresh new coat of blue paint tells us something new lies behind this exterior - there is no signage, nor any indication of the cafe inside but the stacked tables and chairs leaning against the wall. Juxtaposed with this image is the typical sight of old remains beside newly restored facades. The new is blue.

KAPITALISMUS
KAPITALISMUS

24" X 32"   Aluminum Dibond Archival Print An old building in Prenzlauberg close to the local Flea Market, a remnant of the Communist East Berlin, bearing the words "Capitalism Destroys Kills" - a "pre-liberation” message. In the background or the Flea market are remnants of the original Berlin Wall looming in the background, the tall bright lights presiding over the wall to illuminate anyone who might escape. A sober reminder of a very recent past.

TEMPORARY SHOWROOM
TEMPORARY SHOWROOM

5'-0" X 6'-0" Aluminum Dibond Archival Print A fresh coat of while paint on the exterior trim, and clean modern typography on the windows are the only clues that an Architect's office resides inside this Prenzlauberg location. This image seems to capture this merging of the "old" and "new" where even the broken down wooden door shutter is left intact as a reminder of this area's dismal past, on the facade of a new and hopeful future.

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Temporary Showroom

 

In the "former East Berlin", (now part of "Unified Berlin"), we see the extensive reconstruction and re-design of a world gone untouched and unkempt under the communist regime since the early 50's. Nothing restored, very little maintained - most gone to ruin. In amongst the ruins lived the people of East Berlin - in buildings old and crumbling, and in a shocking state of disrepair. 

 

Now, in this new era of reconstruction since the Berlin wall came down, streets are lined with restored facades, intermixed with the remnants of what once was, too old and derelict to be restored, waiting to be replaced with an ultra modern and well-designed structure in keeping with the "new" Berlin. While these remnants still stand, sandwiched between beautifully restored facades, they continue to house the people of "former East Berlin". 

Amidst the decay, live and breathe these inhabitants of the "Old World". They are caught between two worlds.

 

With Germany's obsession for cleanliness, fastidious grooming, and design, we see the two worlds layered together. Beneath the new facades, the old crumbling bits continue to stand:  in the un-restored inner courtyards and back alleys; and on the streets of these gloriously restored treasures grow the unkempt gardens and trees of the "Old World".

These images are a series of juxtapositions of the "Old" with the "New", of "the Former East Berlin".