Writes Butler in his Artist Statement, “The Cuvry was a disused building site following the end of World War 2 in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Following the fall of The Berlin Wall it was occupied by some intellectuals who built shelters from found materials. Over the decades the idealism dissipated and the intellectuals were replaced by a more desperate and detached group of outcasts. Over 3 years and for a total of 4 months I visited and documented the homeless,the mentally ill and substance addicted and the stateless people who lived in their home made shelters behind the wooden walls. In the end there were too many overdoses and violence and The Cuvry people were evicted and their shelters demolished.”
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