books/catalogs, photography, politics, pop
BER 2017–2020: An airport with no planes, a terminal with no passengers. Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (code: BER) was for a long time a major project that never came to an end: half-finished, devoid of function, in a perpetual state of waiting. Over a period of three years Matthias Hoch studied this stasis, looking at the site through the lens of an analogue large-format camera, rather like an archaeologist: area by area, space by space—from the railway station to the boarding gate, from landside to airside—viewing it as a potential user might see it. The result is a series of images showing a mysterious construct—photographs of a place where the not-yet merely seems to have given way to a not-anymore: a picture puzzle of the time.
Matthias Hoch, born 1958 in Radebeul, is a photographer based in Leipzig.
Kathrin Röggla, born 1971 in Salzburg, is a writer living in Cologne.
Thomas Weski, born 1953 in Hanover, is a Berlin-based curator.