Country of origin: Netherlands
Subtheme: Environment, Conflict, Politics, Order and chaos, Society
Martin Roemers (the
Relics of the Cold War (2009) is another of Roemers’ long-term projects. On both sides of former Iron Curtain, he spent many years taking photos of landscapes in which traces of the Cold War can still be seen. He explores the relationship between these landscapes and the remnants of that era. We see military bunkers and tunnel systems that echo people’s fears of impending war. The buildings in the West look the same as those in the East: they are the same defences, built in the same blind panic, to allay the same anxieties. This photo series shows a society ready to fight a war, which, in the worst case scenario, could well spell the end of that society. At the same time, the photos show the will to de-escalate, because much of this military machine has since been decommissioned.
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