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BERLIN 1966-70

Book Presentation & Talk

With Jens Dobler . Historian and Director of the Police Historical Collection Berlin, Uta Grundman . Art Historikerin and Psychologist,  Arwed Messmer . Photographer
Moderator Felix Hoffmann . Chief Curator C/O Berlin Foundation
Begin 07:30 p.m.
Ticket 10 Euro . reduced 6 Euro (incl. exhibtion) . Available online (plus booking fee) and at C/O Berlin

West Berlin, 1968. Demonstrations by young students and activists. Clashes with police. Street fighting. Protests against the war in Vietnam. After occupying the intersections around Zoo Station and pulling down the US flag, the demonstrators threw eggs at the façade of the Amerika Haus, the focal point of the youth revolt. The myriad pictures taken of these protests are etched deep into our collective visual memory. But another reality exists alongside these vivid, symbol-laden pictures. In his recently published work "Berlin 1966-70", Arwed Messmer presents a selection of documentary photographs culled from the archives of the Police Historical Collection Berlin. Messmer’s photo book provides a different view and previously unseen perspectives on these historic events. In a discussion moderated by Felix Hoffmann the context of the current exhibition at C/O Berlin, The Last Image . Photography and Death, Jens Dobler, Uta Grundmann, and Arwed Messmer, will discuss how images of death are represented and portrayed in the media and in journalistic practice, and the new forms of representation and practice that emerged during these historically significant years.

Jens Dobler studied education, psychology, and contemporary history at TU Berlin and holds a doctorate in history. He worked as director of the archive and library at Berlin’s Gay Museum for five years. For the last five years, he has served as the director of the Police Historical Collection at the Berlin Police Headquarters. His work there focuses on the history of police and homosexuality.

Uta Grundman is an art historian and psychologist. She studied theology, art history, journalism, and psychology in Leipzig and Berlin. She is currently working as a psychologist at the International Psychoanalytic University, where she is completing a doctoral degree on antisemitism and ambivalence.
Felix Hoffmann studied art history, history, and philosophy in Vienna, and art and cultural studies in Berlin. As part of the “Museum Curators for Photography” program of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation, he worked at the Fotomuseum Munich, the Kupferstich-Kabinett in Dresden, and the Museum Folkwang in Essen. He has curated diverse international exhibitions and published numerous research publications and exhibition catalogs. He has been chief curator at the C/O Berlin Foundation since 2005.

Arwed Messmer is a photographer whose work in the 1990s centered around the changes taking place in Berlin. Since 2006, he has focused increasingly on collections of photographs from archives that have lost their original documentary function. He has since produced wide-ranging exhibitions and publications on East Berlin in the 1950s, on the early Berlin Wall, and on the archives of the state security services. He has received numerous awards and grants for his work, including the 2014 Zeitgenössische Deutsche Fotografie.