Money and the neoliberalism that has swept across Europe and around the globe have cultivated the same kind of architecture, the same insignia of power, whether in the City of London or in any other financial quarter in the world.
Dawin Meckel shows an urban landscape that blocks any view of the horizon with high walls and façades. People who can afford it are protected by these walls, and also immured behind them. They identify each other by their dress code: the men wear tailored suits, ties, and expensive shoes, while the few women are clad in business suits and pumps. All of them flaunt a kind of hectic flurry of activity that is paused for only a few seconds to take a deep breath. Everyone else has to stay out; the best they can do is to play the role of the fleeting visitor.
Born in Lich, Germany, in 1977.
1998–2004: Studied photography and film design at the Fachhochschule Bielefeld under Roman Bezjak.
2004: Joined OSTKREUZ.
2004: Nominated for the Joop Swart master class, Word Press Photo Foundation.
2004: Straight Talk: Voices from the New South Africa (publication), Struik Publishers, South Africa.
2005: Wie leben die Alten? (group show), Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; VisualLeader 2005 (group show), Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.
2007: Home Sweet Home (group show), Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
2011: European Architectural Photography Prize, Second Prize, Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt.
2012: Malawi in Transition (exhibition), Fotodoks Festival, Münchner Stadtmuseum.
2016: Berlin Raum Radar (group show), Neue West, Berlin.
Dawin Meckel lives in Lich and Berlin.