Dorothee Deiss

 

Contemporary German Photography

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Twenty years ago, the Berlin Wall came down (or actually was opened), resulting in the eventual (and surprisingly quick) creation of a unified Germany, which looks and behaves like a slightly larger West Germany. Dorothee Deiss’ “As If Nothing Happened” looks for traces of the Berlin Wall - of which not much remains - by taking photographs of where it once stood and by talking to people who lived in its vicinity. Dorothee showed me the dummy of her book - for the portraits you need to be able to read what the portrayed had to say - and I hope she will be able to find a publisher for it. It’s about time we got some German Vergangenheitsbewältigung (dealing with the past) that goes beyond self-congratulatory speeches by utterly mediocre politicians.