DIANE MEYER, SHORTLISTED 3RD BIENNIAL’S GRANT 

Berlin

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.

Bio

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