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»The Potemkin Village«

Gregor Sailer

For “The Potemkin Village” (2015–2017), Gregor Sailer (born 1980 in Schwaz, AT) went looking for mock architecture worldwide. The proverbial term refers to the legend that Russian Field Marshall Grigory Aleksandrovich Potemkin supposedly presented the newly annexed villages in Crimea behind painted backdrops to Empress Catherine the Great. In Russia, Sailer found two Potemkin villages that corresponded to the classical concept, with dilapidated houses hidden behind canvases with representative facades printed onto them. But this body of work also shows less literally illusionistic architecture, for instance various military training camps in the U.S., France, Great Britain, and Germany, authentic replicas of European cities in China, as well as two vehicle test sites in Sweden. The irreality of these structures is further emphasized by the diffuse light the photographer specifically chose to use for this series. With these works, Sailer addresses the social, economical, and political interests that are at the basis of these building projects.

The exhibition is part of EMOP Berlin — EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2018.

Sep 15 — Nov 17, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, Sep 14, 7 – 9 pm
Artist talk (held in German): Friday, Oct 19, 7 pm

Potsdamer Straße 100, 10785 Berlin
[Tiergarten | Mitte]

Opening hours: Wed – Sat 12 – 7 pm, and by appointment

Admission free

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