A walk in Berlin flea markets, amid trinkets, junk, beads, gadgets, mites, hodgepodge, knick-knacks, pitchers, ods and ends, messy stocks… A find.

This incongruous closeness of dissimilar objects questions the function of the object and its status. Cracked dishes, damaged dolls, wrecked porcelain, stained teddy bear. The broken, the old, the worn out: all mingle. A feeling of anxiety follows. Time passes by but it’s not only about a loss of temporal continuum, it’s also about fading age. The juvenile recklessness frozen in eternal imagination parallels the daily household chores, witnesses of a bygone era. Eat, wash, play: is it a real life kitchenette or is it a toy for a grown up nostalgic kid?

Photographs taken from an overhanging dive crush the frame, lose track of the notion of depth, space, scale, and the top and bottom. This shooting device is correlated to its diachronic interpretation. This walk is as much about antiquing as about diving into history. The fall of the Berlin Wall blended objects. The remains of East Germany, have become “vintage” exposed now in museums. Flea markets on the contrary are left with relics of western capitalist readymade, objects that have turned obsolete, and mainstream, thus disposable. They are artefacts of the industrial civilization, junk, worthless now. These time tell-tales are economic, political, sociological, cultural witnesses… This series offers an archaeological approach of consumption, customs, and ideologies.