Reformations by Dennis Schnieber
Born and raised in a smaller town near Berlin, I’ve been taking film photographs since 2011, when I inherited a Carl Zeiss Werra 35mm camera.
This series tells the ongoing story of changing cityscapes in former East Berlin, visible in new materials, shapes and atmospheres.
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the eastern part of the city, formerly occupied by the Soviet Union, is in a perceptible metamorphosis.
Old quarters are removed in favor of the expansion of infrastructure, disused industrial complexes became converted into working and living spaces, new settlements are still being created. Occasionally, sometimes only temporarily, a strange juxtaposition of socialist realism and modern language of form arises in the course of these processes.
This series is part of a wider observation of changing urban scenes and landscapes in East Germany, and with a close look at materials, shapes and dispositions, it attempts to visualize the disappearance and emergence of spacial semantics.
Dennis Schnieber is currently working on his MA in cultural studies at HU Berlin.