expireDDR, part one


When the German Democratic Republic (DDR) dissolved in 1990, it left behind a complicated legacy forged on the front lines of socialism and a divided Europe. It took less than one year from the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 for two Germanys to become one. The suddenness of reunification is still visible today as the monuments, buildings and iconography of the East German regime continue to dot the landscape. Once symbols of power, solidarity and life in a society working toward socialism, they are today worn by the passage of time, abandoned and often forgotten. But for millions of Germans, they are a reminder of life before "die Wende."


This ongoing project is created with film that expired in 1990, the same year as the DDR. The intention is to depict the passage of time using a medium that has aged at the same rate as the subject. The limited amount of film mirrors the diminishing landmarks and locations built by the DDR as they are grazed to the ground and are replaced of high-rent condominiums and other symbols of capitalism. As this project seeks to document an abandoned society in which its former citizens continue to live, it must do so before the final symbols of that society disappear forever.

Cafe Moskau, Berlin

Sportforum Berlin, Lichtenberg

Glowe, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Soviet Denkmal, Eisenhüttenstadt


DDR-Sporthotel und Kongresszentrum des Sportforums Hohenschönhausen

Marx & Engels Denkmal, Berlin

Strausberger Platz, Berlin

Volkspark Friedrichshain, Berlin

Schöneweide , Berlin

Friedrichshain, Berlin

Karl Marx Allee, Berlin

Kino International, Berlin

Mitte, Berlin

Marzahn, Berlin

Karl Marx Allee, Berlin

Haus der Statistik, Berlin

Haus der Lehrers  & Fernsehturm, Berlin

Schöneweide, Berlin


Haus der Statistik, Berlin

Niederschonhausen, Berlin

Ernst Thälmann Park, Berlin


Alexanderplatz, Berlin

Eisenhüttenstadt

East Side Gallery, Berlin


Glienicker Brücke, Potsdam

East Side Gallery, Berlin

Allee der Kosmonauten, Marzahn, Berlin

Sassnitz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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