Takt Kunstprojektraum and Gallery POSSUM are happy to present
Wannsee im Berliner Blau is Takeshi Moro’s current show at our gallery Possum
“Since 2013 summer, I have been photographing historic buildings in Wannsee. Wannsee is a suburban town, situated 15 miles southwest of Berlin. The town is essentially an island, with water (a river or a lake) surrounding the area. The namesake is infamous for the Wannsee Conference –a venue where Nazi leaders met and officially institutionalized the Holocaust for the first time. “The Little White House” and Cecilienhof is on the other side of the river from Wannsee. Scholars contend that it was in these venues that President Harry S. Truman ordered the use of the atomic bomb on Japan.
The confluence of these landmark events is not entirely an accident. Historicaly, the upper echelons of society occupied the suburban lakefront properties, as it was a comfortable retreat from Berlin. Many of the buildings were eventually occupied by the Nazis but Wannsee escaped Allied bombing campaigns due to its suburban location. Understandably, the island and the surrounding areas are full of historic events related to Nazi Germany and to the Cold War era.
In photographing historic buildings and landscapes in Wannsee, I am interested in revealing how the confluence of history and memory reveal the human condition and the predicament that we find ourselves today. The contemporary visual representation of these sites may provide us with insight into that history. For example, if we are able to experience the same lakefront view that Truman had in 1945, does that reveal anything more about his decision? What did the marble lions witness on January 20th, 1942?”
POSSUM | Veteranenstrr. 14 | 10119 Berlin