Postcards for the Capital is an installation in public space aming to make a critical statement regarding the process of the German reunification. The project inscribes the reality of the shift from cold-war to post-cold-war Germany into the every-day representation of the new, reunified country by creating a lasting visual trace of the tangible destruction and radical replacement of the symbols of socialism with those of capitalism. It invites us to reflect on the hasty and speculation-driven energy behind many of these transformations. Changes ranging from the renaming of streets to the demolition of buildings make the paradigm-change after the reunification manifest - but these changes do not figure in the representation of the moment, which, instead, is dominated by images from a glorious past or a promising future.
Postcards for the Capital intends to give a lasting testament of the pains, difficulties and - potentially missed - opportunities of the reunification process by making its tangible traces part of the city's representation that is prototypically embodied by the postcard-motifs on sale. The postcards were inserted into the normal circuit of tourist memorabilia in Berlin.