Juwelia, 2010

This photograph of the artist’s friend, Juwelia Soraya, was taken at the Lastwagenparkplatz, a truck parking lot close to the former East-West border of Berlin. An artist, singer and punk drag queen, Soraya has also acted in films such as Rosa von Praunheim’s Überleben in Neukölln (Survival in Neukölln), which documents the trials of an openly queer person in Germany after the reunification.

Here, Soraya stands with outstretched arms on a stone base. Seen together with the other works in the series, she is depicted almost as a moving statue wandering through a city that has likewise been set into motion.