"Giovanni Chiaramonte is a wandering photographer who succeeds in capturing reality in movement." Kurt W. Forster. Berlin before and after the fall of the Wall in a photographic exhibition that tells the story of the city and the nation in the last century.
A city tragically divided between East and West which, despite the Wall, seeks to create an identity and tries slowly to rebuild itself. And then, in 1989, the fall of the Wall, the world’s most famous barrier, and a new search for unity and stability. The story of a nation is also the story of its capital, and can be seen in the photographs of one of Italy’s most interesting and best-known photographers.
Giovanni Chiaramonte discovers Berlin before the fall of the Wall. He arrives in 1984 and, for years, develops in his pictures the drama implicit in the architectural figure of the city. Photographs which examine the city’s vast ruins and the vacuum left by the Second World War between Anhalter Station and Potsdamer Platz and describe the epic of reconstruction from the 1980s until the fall of the Wall. As the images move from being square to a panoramic view on a double-square, Chiaramonte’s photographs celebrate the building of contemporary Berlin not only as the capital of reunited Germany but also as a driver of European identity.