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Preview - Friday 13 June 2003
Show - 14 - 29 June 2003  Fri -Sun  12 -6

Andrew Thomas
Once upon a time in 1970s East Berlin three satellite cities Marzahn, Hellersdorf & Hohenschoenhausen were conceived and built. This enormous building programme utilized prefabricated concrete panels to build mid and high-rise communities. Marzahn alone boasted 56,000 flats for more than 140,000 people. These Arbeiterschliessfacher (workers lockers) were highly sought after offering luxuries such as central heating, private baths, lifts and recreational facilities, perhaps this is why one third of the population of East Berlin lived there. After reunification the highly desirable became highly undesirable. Seeming to be relics of the totalitarian policies of the GDR these places fell from grace. Walking around Marzahn today after its recent facelift is an exhilarating experience. Knowing about the apparent horrors of modernist architectures ability to impose, (blah blah) control and dehumanize its inhabitants, this could be called some kind of historical fact, but, to my mind Marzahn ‘aint half bad...
for a visit.
Marzahn - Lambda print