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Behind Walls
2008

Behind Walls

Erasmus Schröter

INFRARED NIGHT SHOTS (DDR, 1980-1982)

The cultural and political climate in East Germany in the early 1980s was stifling. Expressions of art were only permitted if they showed happy citizens single-mindedly working together in constructing the socialist society. With his photo series Infrared Night Shots the East German photographer Erasmus Schröter tried to visualise the sombre mood among the people. Using an infrared camera and invisible flash he photographed people in large, dark spaces - solitary, withdrawn, without direction or perspective. Using this surreptitious technique, Schröter wanted to provide an implicit critique on a state that used similar technology to keep its citizens under surveillance. To avoid censorship, the photographs were only shown to others in the Leipziger Kunsthochschule or in their homes.

  • INFRARED NIGHT SHOTS (DDR, 1980-1982)

    The cultural and political climate in East Germany in the early 1980s was stifling. Expressions of art were only permitted if they showed happy citizens single-mindedly working together in constructing the socialist society. With his photo series Infrared Night Shots the East German photographer Erasmus Schröter tried to visualise the sombre mood among the people. Using an infrared camera and invisible flash he photographed people in large, dark spaces - solitary, withdrawn, without direction or perspective. Using this surreptitious technique, Schröter wanted to provide an implicit critique on a state that used similar technology to keep its citizens under surveillance. To avoid censorship, the photographs were only shown to others in the Leipziger Kunsthochschule or in their homes.

  • INFRARED NIGHT SHOTS (DDR, 1980-1982)

  • INFRARED NIGHT SHOTS (DDR, 1980-1982)

  • INFRARED NIGHT SHOTS (DDR, 1980-1982)

  • INFRARED NIGHT SHOTS (DDR, 1980-1982)

Beyond Walls
2008

Beyond Walls

Erasmus Schröter

BUNKER AND WAFFEN (Germany, 1994-2005)

Along the coast of Europe, from Germany to the Spanish border, there are still traces of the Atlantic Wall to be found today. Presently elements of this defensive line built by the Nazis serve primarily as pissoirs for beach walkers and repositories for their discarded beer cans. Erasmus Schröter lighted a number of these half-hidden bunkers with coloured theatre spotlights, lending them a mysterious beauty, and making them the centre of interest. Later, in the forests of East Germany he stumbled on material that the Soviet Army had left behind in its hasty retreat in 1990. Abandoning tanks, barracks and aeroplanes was cheaper than dismantling them or taking them with them. Schröter handled these objects in the same manner as he had the bunkers of the Atlantic Wall. In this way socialist kitsch and weapons become historic sculptures, made by underpaid Soviet soldiers.

  • BUNKER AND WAFFEN (Germany, 1994-2005)

    Along the coast of Europe, from Germany to the Spanish border, there are still traces of the Atlantic Wall to be found today. Presently elements of this defensive line built by the Nazis serve primarily as pissoirs for beach walkers and repositories for their discarded beer cans. Erasmus Schröter lighted a number of these half-hidden bunkers with coloured theatre spotlights, lending them a mysterious beauty, and making them the centre of interest. Later, in the forests of East Germany he stumbled on material that the Soviet Army had left behind in its hasty retreat in 1990. Abandoning tanks, barracks and aeroplanes was cheaper than dismantling them or taking them with them. Schröter handled these objects in the same manner as he had the bunkers of the Atlantic Wall. In this way socialist kitsch and weapons become historic sculptures, made by underpaid Soviet soldiers.

  • BUNKER AND WAFFEN (Germany, 1994-2005)

  • BUNKER AND WAFFEN (Germany, 1994-2005)

  • BUNKER AND WAFFEN (Germany, 1994-2005)

  • BUNKER AND WAFFEN (Germany, 1994-2005)

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Behind Walls

Behind Walls

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