For the last thirty years, I have consciously chosen to live and
photograph in Berlin. There is no other metropolis
in the world in which two divided halves are trying
so hard to grow back together again.

Nowhere else can you find such a division,
and merging of East and West block. In this time and place
of transition, I have the unique opportunity to move around as an artist,
exploring Berlin's microcosms, like its streets, food stands and
even park benches, as they change.
Through my eyes, as a foreigner, and with the tool of
artistic photography, the faces of the inhabitants
become projections of the events.

Photography is used as a medium to (re)gain one's identity and self-image.
This is true for the subjects I capture, as well as for my own experience
and role within this societal process of transition. It becomes increasingly
important for me to find strategies and approaches to communicate my own
experiences as part of the whole and make them heard.

People and their unique personal stories are at the center of attention in
portrait photography series at the turn of this century. These photographs
of individuals become defining documentaries for whole groups of people.

It is my artistic goal to seek out microcosms, here, where I live
and work, capturing the small changes and holding on to the
unassuming, so that the resulting series of photographs will
defy the vague generalizations of my surroundings and daily life.

This stage of exploration and its body of work
will only be complete when I cease to live in Berlin.
With every
change
of location
one of my
art works
comes
to its
natural
end.

Nihad Nino Pušija
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