EVERYTHING IS WITHIN REACH
In the late Spring of 2014 I embarked on a series of ‘Radwanderungen’ (cycle wanders) outside Berlin which I reached using the S-bahn trains. Living near to the Berliner Ringbahn, I was curious to see what lay beyond the ring.
On one of the first trips along the Berliner Mauerweg in Sacrow near Potsdam, I came across a Denkmal (Memorial) to a former East Berliner named Rainer Liebeke, who drowned whilst trying to flee from the East and whose body was found a week later by two schoolchildren in the Sacrower lake.
It was his story that struck and stayed with me on the many more Radwanderungen to come and which I believe drew me to other poignant landscapes in the former East and West reminiscent of that initial encounter.
All in all, at least 136 people were killed along the Berlin Wall or lost their lives as a direct result of the border regime between 1961 and 1989. The wall created 28 years of a division and 2017 will mark 28 years of an undivided Berlin which in many ways is a defining line in the city’s history.
Although the freedom of movement across what was once a divide is an important phenomenon, this lateral time could also be seen as a time for reflection, on the individual lives affected by the changes of this epic event, of their lost histories and untold stories.
As an outsider, I can only attempt to interpret such a complexity by trying to imagine the metaphorical divide that may still exist in many people’s minds and hearts to this day
- Ethna O’Regan, 2016
BOOK MADE DURING WORKSHOP
- Hardcover with image wrap on front and back cover
- 92 pages in full colour
- 190mm x 250mm
- 40 colour images in main book, 6 black and white images in booklet
- Coptic stitched, case binding
- Separate saddle stapled 16-page booklet
- Dummy edition