For several years, Diane Meyer has been working on a series of hand embroidered photographs following the entire 104 mile circumference of the Berlin Wall. Sections of the image have been obscured by cross- stitch embroidery sewn directly into the photograph. The embroidery is made to resemble pixels and borrows the visual language of digital imaging in an analog, handmade process.
In addition to the physical aspects that point to the former division of the city, Meyer was interested in the psychological weight of these sites and the ways in which past history remains very much in the present. By having the embroidery take the form of digital pixels, Meyer makes a connection between forgetting and digital file corruption. Her interest lies in the porous nature of memory as well the means by which photography transforms history into nostalgic objects that obscure our understanding of the past.