Selections from Death[s]trip

Terri Warpinski
De Pere

German Youth Forest between Hohen Neuendorf and Bergfelde

Niederneuendorfer Lake, Henningsdorf, Berlin

Corner of Invalidenstrasse and Gartenstrasse, Berlin

Death[s]trip is a story of human mortality written on the landscape. In looking at present day Berlin through the filter of history, these photograph and text pieces reveal some of the consequences of enforced political borders. Focusing on the victims of the Berlin Wall – those who lost their lives in failed attempts to flee from one side to the other – Death[s]trip probes the contingent properties of meaning, memory, and reflection in relation to both the landscape and the photographic image. Susan Sontag said that the “link between photography and death haunts all photographs of people”, I propose that photographs of place/landscape are haunted by it as well.

Each photograph was made on the date that coincides with the anniversary of the victim’s death, sited in the specific location where the event took place. In total, between 1961-1989, 140 individuals died as a direct result of the Berlin Wall.

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