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Ghost Town
Tuca Viera
Berlinscapes
Berlinscapes #26 by Tuca Viera. Source: 1500gallery.com
Tuca Viera, "Berlinscapes #26"

Does anyone live in these cold empty spaces? Or are we looking at an archeology of a fascist past present or future where everything is illuminated yet remains dark? Where in the middle of picture after picture a monolith sits like a dreaded warning?

Tuca Viera’s Berlin is a cold city, an empty city, an impersonal, post industrial city. Berlinscapes at the 1500 Gallery is his discourse on that city.

 by Tuca Viera.
Tuca Viera, Berlinscapes #19

Not even cars speed through these urban spaces, though there is a parked bus or two abandoned like everything else. Even on the steps of an imitation Greek temple with its flying horseman silhouetted against the Prussian blue night, we hear no crowds echo. Perhaps the people have all fled. Perhaps an invading army is at the gate and the population has taken to the hills, desperate to escape.

But maybe not. Maybe there never were any people and this is merely a stage set for a film not yet cast, stored away on a back lot of Cinecitta, fabricated, an illusion from start to finish. After all, the whole thing feels like a film noir although it is in color, this unoccupied city of Veira’s that is more like a Potemkin village—-all flats and facades and nothing else.

Who are we then, the spectators who have come to look at Viera’s Berlin? Just tourists in a fascist ghost town, wandering around at night, slightly lost, frightened by the blank, prison-like walls, the bricked-in towers, the aura of menace?

Trying like Kafka’s K. to find our way out.

Tuca Viera
Berlinscapes


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