In the early years of the German reunification, Berlin-Mitte was a city district dropped out of time. Empty streets, abandoned buildings, a no-man’s land situated right at the new heart of the city just waiting to be claimed. The breakdown of the former GDR left a temporary lawlessness in its wake that artists, punks, squatters and visionaries were quick to use to their creative advantage. It is fascinating to reflect on the striking photography of Berlin Wonderland and think that these riotous years in fact laid the foundation for the sleek gallery and exclusive shopping district that Mitte has today become.
Curated by Anke Fesel and Chris Keller of bobsairport, a Berlin photo agency representing mainly photographers from the city, the exhibition takes places at the Gestalten Space, fittingly located right at the centre of this once fledgling scene of clubs, bars, techno parties, and galleries. The exhibition is an opportunity to take in the visual story of an extraordinary time in Berlin alongside protagonists of the defining era and purchase pictures by photographers including Ben de Biel, Hendrik Rauch, Philipp von Recklinghausen, Stefan Schilling, Hilmar Schmundt, Andreas Trogisch and Rolf Zöllner.
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