DIANE MEYER, SHORTLISTED 3RD BIENNIAL’S GRANT
These images are part of an on-going series of hand-sewn photographs that were taken along
the entire 104 mile path of the former Berlin Wall.
Sections of the photographs have been obscured by cross-stitch embroidery sewn directly into
the photograph. The embroidery is made to resemble pixels and borrows the visual language
of digital imaging in an analog, tactile process. In many images, the embroidered sections
represent the exact scale and location of the former Wall offering a pixelated view of what lies
behind. In this way, the embroidery appears as a translucent trace in the landscape of
something that no longer exists but is a weight on history and memory. I am interested in the
porous nature of memory as well the means by which photography transforms history into
nostalgic objects that obscure objective understandings of the past.
The images were taken in the city center as well as the outskirts of city where I followed the
former path of the wall through suburbs and forests. I was particularly interested in
photographing locations where no visible traces of the actual wall remain but where one can
still see subtle clues of its previous existence. Often the embroidered sections of the image
run along the horizon line forming an unnatural separation that blocks the viewer. This aspect
of the sewing emphasizes the unnatural boundaries created by the wall itself.
The series will ultimately consist of 40 images, 28 of which have already been completed. The
project is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2019 in time for the 30th Anniversary of the fall of
the Berlin Wall. If selected for the grant, I would use it to purchase supplies including ink jet
paper, ink and embroidery materials as well as framing for the final images in the series.
Diane Meyer received a BFA in Photography from New York University, Tisch School
of the Arts in 1999 and an MFA in Visual Arts from The University of California, San
Diego in 2002. She has been living in Los Angeles since 2005.
Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography,
Winchester; the 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica; AIR Gallery, NYC, The Society
for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City; SPARC, South Pasadena and the Granary
Contemporary Art Center, Ephraim, Utah. She was recently part of a two person
exhibition at Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana.
Her work has also been shown in numerous group shows in the United States and
abroad including at the George Eastman Museum, Rochester; Robert Mann Gallery,
NYC; Regina Anzenberger Gallery, Vienna, Austria; Klompching Gallery, NYC; The
Brattleboro Museum of Art, VT; Burrad Arts Foundation, Vancouver; Kunstagentur
Dresden, Germany; Große Rathaus, Landshut, Germany; the Diffusion International
Photography Festival, Cardiff, Wales; Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica; the Laband Art
Gallery, Los Angeles; ABC Treehouse, Amsterdam; Fototropia, Guatemala City;
Schneider Gallery, Chicago; Field Projects, NYC; China House, Penang, Malaysia;
Galerie Huit, Arles, France; Project 42, Alkmaar, The Netherlands; Große Rathaus
Galerie, Landshut; The Clarinda Carnegie Museum, IA; The Center for Photography at
Woodstock, NY and others