100 DM

Between 1970-89 all visitors to the Federal Republic of Germany received 100 DM as a welcome money. The book “100 DM” by photographer Tommaso Bonaventura and curator Elisa del Prete takes up this historical thread and tells the personal stories of people who experienced the Berlin Wall and its fall in 1989.

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The texts, images and videos of the editors, accumulated over several years, were viewed and reinterpreted by Lupo Burtscher. The result is a handy, small-format reading book with 206 pages in A5, published by Silvana Editoriale in Milan. It focuses on the human experience of the historical events surrounding the fall of the Wall and the profound transformation that took place with the disappearance of the GDR. The visual narration in the book takes place on the same level as biographical, anecdotal memories. Text and image alternate, remain fragmentary, empty spaces consciously demand a pause, reinforce statements. The cover recognisably quotes the colours and structure of a 100 DM note that is otherwise empty of its contents.

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Client

Tommaso Bonaventura

Year

2019

Project team

Linsey Dolleman

Curators

Elisa del Prete

Publisher

Silvana Editoriale

Photo documentation

Luca Meneghel