Producciones de Arte y Pensamiento, S.L.
|Editorial||Olivares & Asociados SL / EXIT Publicaciones|
|Language||Spanish / English|
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Produced around the mythical airport of Berlin, closed to air traffic since 2008, Tempelhof from Begoña Zubero is the latest photographic project published by EXIT as part of its photographic project book series. Zubero’s series of photographs is discussed in the essay written by photographic specialist Rosa Olivares: “amongst all the buildings to have survived Europe’s tumultuous history during the last century and to live on as a footprint of recent history, Berlin Tempelhof Airport stands out not only for the beauty and uniqueness of its design and construction but as a symbol of the city and protagonist of historic moments in the city’s life. Now its closing has been decreed, representing a change at the beginning of the 21st Century to a use that defined and left its mark on the economic, social and historic life of Berlin in the 20th Century. Yes it is the close of a symbol of the power of Nazism, a building magical in itself and that has lived through practically a whole century with its immense presence”.
The images that Zubero has created not only reinforce the undoubtedly eternal presence of Tempelhof, but they give it a parallel life; silent and stuck in an undefined time. In robust black and white, Zubero fragments each angle, each curve, showing in detail the corridors, facade, service areas without ever showing the whole body at once. These images take us through the infinite curves of what continues to be the largest building in public use in Europe and second in the world after the Pentagon in Washington. They are photographs of silence, void of human presence but full of their remains, cold and belonging to a time that is not this one, not the one in which the photos have been taken. They are independent pictures that seem removed from the meaning of the place, focusing rather on the cold beauty of its lines and curves”.