On October 16th, the Consulate General and 1014 Inc. celebrated the opening of the exhibition “Parallel Worlds” with invited guests. “Parallel Worlds” presents the work of Stefan Roloff, a German-American artist born in West Berlin, and Harf Zimmermann, a German photographer born in Dresden who grew up in East Berlin, together for the first time in the United States. The exhibition deals with the fear instilled by the physical presence of the Berlin Wall, as cultivated by the wall-regime (Roloff) and the regime‘s inner pettiness and internalized fearfulness (Zimmermann).
The exhibition takes place on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Consul General David Gill stressed that it is important that we commemorate the epochal era 30 years ago and especially the brave people who stood up against suppression and injustice. Ms. Elisabeth Biondi, former Visuals Editor of The New Yorker, and Independent Curator joined these remarks and introduced the audience to the work of the two artists.