Photographer Diane Meyer has spent the last few years meditating on the Berlin Wall and the physical and visual divisions between cultures and people. This led to the idea of creating Berlin, a photographic project in which the artist embroiders meticulous stitches with a needle and thread that cover pedestrians, walls, and forests. Each embroidered area represents the old wall, which would have cut or blocked the views now seen in Meyer’s photographs.
The project was born to combine a traditional analogical process with the visual language of the digital image. Diane Meyer has tried to evoke how this continues to be a much-needed presence in the German city today, despite the fact that it was demolished 30 years ago.
Reinserting the Berlin Wall through the embroidery, you see a pixelated view of what lies behind, creating the effect of an almost ghostly trace in the landscape. The materials used by the artist have evolved over time, from direct photography to more multimedia approaches.
His work has long been defined by explorations of the physical, social and psychological qualities that characterize the place. The images of the Berlin project were taken in the city center and in the suburbs where Diane literally followed the old route of the wall to the outskirts of the city.
Thanks to the embroidery this appears as a translucent trace in the landscape of something that no longer exists, but is a burden on history and memory. For the 30th anniversary of the fall of the wall, the exhibition will be open to the public until January 10, 2020, at the Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.