©Diane Meyer, Brandenburg Gate, hand sewn archival inkjet print, 2015
These images are from a completed series of 43 hand-sewn photographs that were taken along the entire 104 mile path of the former Berlin Wall.
©Diane Meyer, Former Guard Tower , Deutsche Waldjugend Nature Preserve, hand sewn archival inkjet print, 2019
Sections of the photographs have been obscured by cross-stitch embroidery sewn directly into the photograph. The embroidery is made to resemble pixels and borrows the visual language of digital imaging in an analog, tactile process. In many images, the embroidered sections represent the exact scale and location of the former Wall offering a pixelated view of what lies behind. In this way, the embroidery appears as a translucent trace in the landscape of something that no longer exists but is a weight on history and memory.
I am interested in the porous nature of memory as well the means by which photography transforms history into nostalgic objects that obscure objective understandings of the past. By borrowing the visual language of digital imaging with an analog process, a connection is made between forgetting and digital file corruption.
©Diane Meyer, Checkpoint Charlie, hand sewn archival inkjet print, 2015
©Diane Meyer, Bernauer Strasse II, hand sewn archival inkjet print, 2016
The images were taken in the city center as well as the outskirts of city where I followed the former path of the wall through suburbs and forests. I was particularly interested in photographing locations where no visible traces of the actual wall remain but where one can still see subtle clues of its previous existence. Often the embroidered sections of the image run along the horizon line forming an unnatural separation that blocks the viewer. This aspect of the sewing emphasizes the unnatural boundaries created by the wall itself.
©Diane Meyer, House, Former Wall Area Near Lichterfelde Sud, hand sewn archival inkjet print, 2017
©Diane Meyer, Yard with Wall Fragment, Hermsdorf, hand sewn archival inkjet print, 2019