Kim Bouvy

NIEMANDSLAND - Nederlands Fotomuseum dec 2002 / jan 2003

On the occasion of the publication of ‘Niemandsland - Berlin without the wall’ I made an installation for the small gallery of the Dutch Photo museum. The installation consisted of 3 projections, 2 maps (before and after) and archive material.

The images from the book were projected in a loop as a series of 60 medium format slides that show the metamorphosis of the post-wall landscape when following the former border strip between East and West, going from North to South Berlin.

The other 2 adjacent projections depicted the infamous Checkpoint Charlie, but from different times.
On the left side, black and white reproductions of historical images were projected, showing the changing appearance of the Checkpoint from 1948 to the present; on the right side, black and white portraits of tourists at Checkpoint Charlie that I photographed in 2002.

The dual projection shows the intricate layering of history, it’s (in)visibility and how a mediated image is influencing the personal perception of reality.

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