Berlin, April 11, 2018 – This evening, the exhibition “Harf Zimmermann | ASSERVATE” will open in the historic Kornversuchsspeicher in Berlin-Mitte. The exhibition features 30 photographs from 30 years (1988 – 2018) on the theme of Berlin and was curated by Felix Hoffmann, chief curator of C|O Berlin. The exhibition runs until April 22, 2018.

The exhibition is supported and presented by Thomas Bergander, Managing Director of TAURECON GmbH, the developer of the “Quartier Heidestrasse” in Europacity.

A Trabbi 500 in an empty street, a view of a stucco-laden interior, and the palace construction site of the Humboldt Forum in the center of Berlin – Harf Zimmermann’s photographs reflect the changes in a city that has shed its skin, changed, and reinvented itself like no other European metropolis since 1989. In a different way, all three places stand for the changing times, because although there were definitely cars in the GDR, the Trabant stands in a car-free and deserted street in East Berlin.

Likewise, a look into the Hall of Mirrors at Clärchen’s Ballhaus in Berlin-Mitte shows how an interior half-destroyed by World War II was preserved throughout the period of German-German division and only rediscovered in the 1990s. And thirdly, the palace construction site refers to the place where the Palace of the Republic previously stood and where a sovereign symbol of the Wilhelmine Empire is now being rebuilt – in concrete. The view of those places in the east of the city show how open fractures close and new ones emerge.

Unlike other places, Berlin does not have a continuous history, but a complicated and turbulent one – marked by Prussia, the “Third Reich”, the Berlin Wall, the Cold War and reunification. In this, unlike other major cities, this city has a past. The caesuras that had already been created by the fall of the Wall are now once again reshaped With his large-format cameras on tripods, on very large negatives, Zimmermann documents the simultaneity of the transition. His images show change, failure and success as an in-between.

No other German photographer, concentrating on East Berlin, has documented places over such a long period of time and with the same masterly craftsmanship that describe and make visible this change. With his attention to detail, Zimmermann is the chronicler of a time that has passed and is emerging anew at the same time. It is precisely in those places that he documents that it becomes clear how differently the building fabric, architecture and living space are dealt with. Zimmermann’s photographs are time capsules that capture what was and provide a glimpse of what will be.

Harf Zimmermann | ASSERVATE
Photographs 1988 – 2018
Heidestraße 20c, 10557 Berlin
April 12 to 22, open daily from 1 to 6 p.m.
Admission free.