xhiller | Wednesday, der 27. November 2013
xhiller has been scouring the streets in Kreuzberg the past days for excellent examples of tagging in Berlin. In a doorway in Pücklerstrasse – on a black ceramic tile with white pen – a handwritten tag repeated in calligraphy style – of course it brings to mind L’ATLAS. The repetition a statement, a visual device, harking back middle eastern mosaic and holy writings.
Crouching in the doorway, camera in hand, focusing, wondering who the artist was, why they chose this door… a dog barks sharply. Shuffling and dog noises from behind the door break my concentration. Hurry up hurry up – as always in the city, not much time for picking a perfect angle. The door is going to soon as an apartment leaves the building to walk her dog. And indeed, the door swings open and hits me – just as the camera ‚clicks‘ . A friendly dog walker steps out and grasps the situation at once. She admires the beautiful artwork on her building. She doesn’t complain about me or the graffiti – not even a little. Instead she praised the work – saying it was beautiful calligraphy – true art. Ha! Berlin, Ha! Kreuzberg – always looking for the new, the stylish, the different – we love you!