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.