Larissa FASSLER (*1975 in Vancouver, CAN)
Lives and works in Berlin (Germany)
It’s often unclear what exactly is meant when people talk about “Kotti”. In general, it is a slang term for the area around Berlin underground station Kottbusser Tor, where the lines U8 and U1 meet. Sometimes the station itself is being referred to, and sometimes it refers to the brutal tower blocks that loom over Adalbertstrasse. The “Kreuzberg Zentrum”, as it is known, was designed by the architects Wolfgang Jokisch and Johannes Uhl and built between 1969 and 1974. Larissa Fassler’s large-format collage of digitalised drawings showcase this legendary Berlin location in a fascinating way. The artist is famous for her customised cartography of urban areas which thousands of people traverse every day. However, the base is not made up of plans, layouts or archive research but rather by the weary process of measuring a public space using one’s own body, steps, arms and finger lengths or hand widths, allowing the location to be portrayed in all it’s confusing urban complexity and contradictions.