Artists from all over the world have been attracted to Berlin, tempted by both the open spaces and low rent prices, causing an influx of alternative culture which Berlin is known for. It can be seen that the street art and the art squats of Berlin are wounded by war and feel in a very temporary state, however this is part of the charm of Berlin.
As Berlin itself continues to develop, its art squats are gradually gentrifying; resulting in many being closed down. Consequently, squatting artists are responding by means of creating art work exploring the history and future of Berlin, adding to its name “the street art capital of Europe”.
My book “How Soon is Now?” aims to document a group of artists who are actively working to remain in the grounds of the world famous art squat “Tacheles” which brought in 300,000 visiting tourists a year, but was closed and sold in 2012.
My work focuses on one artist in particular, who lives and works in the gardens of Tacheles, attempting to buy back land one square millimetre at a time. This book aims to highlight that it is the hope of many, that Berlin’s alternative art culture does not fade.