Trabis and Refugee Camps Exhibition Shows Life Before and After the Berlin Wall

A new photography exhibit called "On Living," which opens Wednesday at the German Historical Museum in Berlin, takes a look at life before and after the collapse of Communism. Half of the exhibit focuses on daily life in socialist East Germany, while the other half looks at changes in the 1990s in countries that used to be behind the Iron Curtain.

The images range from an iconic blue Trabant in front of a soot-stained East Berlin building, to refugees lined up to receive water at a camp in Macedonia more than 20 years later.

A new exhibit, "On Living," which opened Wednesday at the German Historical Museum in Berlin, features the work of two German photographers, Thomas Hoepker and Daniel Biskup. Hoepker spent time living in East Berlin in the 1970s when he was a photojournalist for the German magazine Stern. His images show daily life behind the Wall, such as young children lined up on toilets at an East Berlin nursery school.

Biskup's work looks at life in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union after the collapse of Communism. He chronicles, among other things, bombed-out buildings in Sarajevo and communist demonstrators on the streets of Moscow.

The exhibit runs through Oct. 3, 2011.



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