Sperrgebiet is a project based on walking as a method to make sense of a spatial surrounding. It explores historical layers and memories attached to a forest at the southern fringe of Berlin, a place where once stood the Berlin Wall.
The Osdorfer Forest encircled the century-old Osdorf manor, which had been razed to the ground after the construction of the Berlin Wall. Roughly half of the forest had been cut down to clear space for the wall and enable border guards to view and shoot targets. Today, a light and leafy forest is growing along the former death strip, it was planted after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The other half of the forest is much darker and overgrown, it had not been accessible for nearly three decades because it was situated in a restricted area. Walking through Osdorfer Forest today means constantly switching between the bright atmosphere of the newly planted forest and the dark atmosphere of the older part. The former presence of the wall is now reduced to this experience which is also at the core of the digital installation.
digital installation, dimensions variable.
digital print on satin, 140 x 105 cm.
3 pigment prints, 40 x 30 cm.