I first visited Berlin a few years ago during a particularly cold February. We stumbled across the Holocaust memorial by accident, en route to the Brandenburg Gate. It was early evening and already quite dark. The weather was overcast and it had threatened to snow a few times that day.
No amount of words or embellished language will describe the sensation of being at any exhibition or museum relating to The Holocaust (or Slavery, Apartheid, or any other mass genocide for that matter). Everything was a gloomy blue-grey colour. The sky, the cobblestones and the huge steel blocks of assorted heights and sizes that looked like tombs. Everything about it was bleak.
This past weekend, I visited the Gagosian gallery- Britannia St to check out Richard Serra's installation. I knew nothing about the artist or the installation going in however these two steel blocks initiated a sense of familiarity. It turns out that Richard Serra was one of the artists behind the Berlin memorial. He withdrew from the project in 1998 and it was completed by his collaborator and architect, Peter Eisenman.
Where: Gagosian Britannia St, London
Artist : Richard Serra
Photography: Niesh Vanterpool on iPhone 6, edited with VSCO