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Ralf Marsault: Faintly Falling--Berlin Years on the Wagenburg

Ralf Marsault: Faintly Falling--Berlin Years on the Wagenburg

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Ralf Marsault: Faintly Falling--Berlin Years on the Wagenburg

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Exhibition Catalog

FHXB Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum, Berlin, 2020. Published by Distanz Verlag, Berlin.

144 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 28 x 23 cm. Trilingual in English, French and German. Hardcover.

ISBN 9783954763498

No running water, no heat, but boundless freedom: in the 1990s, that is the lived reality in Berlin's trailer encampments. Established by free-spirited individuals who refused to fit in, few of these autonomous settlements have survived the ravages of gentrification. The residents of the remaining encampments do not like to be photographed, but they made an exception for Ralf Marsault (b. Angers, 1957; lives and works in Paris), who was part of the community. For over a decade, he recorded the routines, the highs and lows of life at the "Kreuzdorf Wagenburg" in Berlin. In this book, the artist shows what a life looked like that contrasted sharply with the usual dream of a nine-to-five job, homeownership, and material prosperity -- and that helped make Berlin the magnet that it still is. Marsault, who has a PhD in cultural anthropology, thus also highlights a strand in the city's history that is not about money, power, or fame--an alternative vision that can surely be an important source of inspiration for today's aspiring rebels.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- France -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 -- Photography --

Artist(s): Marsault, Ralf

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