Relics of the Cold War

Martin Roemers atmospheric study of the Relics of the Cold War is being exhibited at Anastasia Photo Gallery at 166 Orchard Street in New York, NY from 12 July until 14 September 2014.

This autumn marks twenty-five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. In honor of this anniversary, Anastasia Photo is pleased to present Relics of the Cold War, Martin Roemers second solo exhibition in North America. Between 1998 and 2009, Martin Roemers catalogued landscapes and deserted buildings across Europe from the era of the Cold War. Relics of the Cold War (Hatje Cantz, 2009) is a visual illustration of how the past remains vividly present.

For forty years the Iron Curtain divided the countries of Europe into East and West. The arms race was unleashed, nuclear fallout shelters were constructed, and everyone braced for the worst. Photographer Martin Roemers spent ten years searching for traces of this period in countries on both sides of the conflict. He explored and documented underground tunnels, abandoned system control centers, former barracks, rotting tanks, and destroyed monuments. His photographs are a stark and moving document of this era of hostility, deterrence politics, and the arms race.

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