(VEE) MUNICH TO HOST AN EXHIBITION ON EAST GERMANY
(VELINO) Roma, 25 Jul - The Italian Cultural Institute in Munich is organizing a...
(VELINO) Roma, 25 Jul - The Italian Cultural Institute in Munich is organizing and hosting an exhibition and a presentation on September 7 entitled "DDR. Ricordando la Germania dell'Est" ("DDR. Remembering East Germany") to mark the publishing of Augusto Bordato's book by the same name. The book consists of the photographs the author took while in East Berlin, where he lived for many years, before and after the fall of the Wall. Bordato's photographs are testimony of a country which has imploded in Europe's recent history. Bordato shows us the Wall, surely, but also the Trabant, an iconic car and the symbol of an entire country, people standing in line in front of shops, Labour Day parades, the infinitely and excruciatingly long post-war reconstruction. Bordato's shots tell the life of a country, which we perhaps over-hastily forgot and reveal aspects of everyday life that are very remote but still to be discovered. One after the other, the book's photographs and words captivate us in a special kind of amazement, like the one we feel when looking back on a past we thought we knew. After working out of Berlin as correspondent for the Indonesian monthly magazine "Editor", at the beginning of the 80s Bordato was hired by the Italian Embassy in East Berlin as an interpreter. A self-taught photographer, he studied on the texts by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Gabriele Basilico to develop his technique. Since the reunification, Bordato has been working mostly in Germany. "DDR. Ricordando la Germania dell'Est" ("DDR. Remembering East Germany") is his first book. vel