10 Oct C/O Berlin
In 2009, first time I came in contact with the C/O Berlin, at the vernissage of the exhibition “On Street” by fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh and a following lecture with him and photographer Jim Rakete. At the “Postfuhramt” in the Oranienburger Strasse, the visitors were certainly impressed by the location, the old “undressed” masonry, the former sports hall with the still existing basketball baskets, created a unique atmosphere for a photo exhibition. The images of Peter Lindbergh in the large format rounded off the visual, intense play and made the evening as formative as it was ultimately.
In the following years I visited other exhibitions in the historical building in East Berlin. I was particularly impressed by the exhibition “Polaroids” by Sibylle Bergemann, who was still personally present at the opening, but had lost the fight against a stubborn disease shortly afterwards, even at the time of my visit.
The C/O Berlin had to search for a new home in 2012 because of the progress of the redevelopment of numerous buildings in and around Oranienburger Strasse … and found it at the Amerika Haus am Bahnhof Zoo. Ten years after its founding, C/O Berlin moved from the former East to West Berlin in 2014. The move was certainly not simple, horrendous injections were necessary first to make the Amerika Haus presentable. But the team around Stephan Erfurt did not shy away from the risk and they were looking for investors and patrons to make their vision come true. They should not be disappointed, but it was also a long way, as Stephan told me.
That same year, I became a member of C/O Berlin Friends e.V. and wanted to contribute to this vision. Since then the C/O has been rewarding with invitations to the vernissages of the house, which can be anticipated with great anticipation. Anton Corbijn, Annie Leibovitz, Sebastiao Salgado and Karl Lagerfeld were already present in numerous photography.
We can look into the future with great excitement, which great artists will bring the C/O Berlin to the Hardenbergerstraße at the “Bahnhof Zoo” in Berlin.