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Célia Uhalde – A city of continuous change


Like a meditative walk where thoughts follow one another, this series explores Berlin and its places in transition, in order to capture what will have lasted only a moment, depicting places where dream and freedom come together with the nostalgia of a gone era.

In the midst of a wasteland stands a small red brick building. It didn’t crumble or fall, still standing upright, miraculously, alone in the middle of this void – one defiant structure which soley receives the attention of lost passerbys. A structure whose colour and material are not yet forgotten, but are soon to be swallowed up by a new district of smooth and shiny facades.

The vacant space seems to be a huge playground where you can stroll and hide yourself from the eyes and lights of the city. There is room for stories to be told, to give way to daydreaming and images of a utopia, to imagine the city differently and to let a thousand projects and desires flourish.

The story of Berlin is the story of a city in constant motion and change. The face, the layout and streets have never ceased to evolve over the past decades, and yet the city is now changing faster than ever before. Excavators beat to the rhythm of this change – metamorphoses are often painful. Suddenly a large silhouette with a cut-out geometry appears in a construction site landscape, reminding us that dreams emerge here from the ruins.

A sweet melancholy floats in the air and everyone seems to be nostalgic for a past that is slowly but relentlessly moving further away, and for a place whose contours and outlines they sometimes neither knew nor understood.

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