Photos • Dresden, Germany • winter

Dresden, (East) Germany, December 28 – 29 2011. At the time, it was the furthest east in Europe that I had ever travelled, despite having lived in Germany for six years as a child. I went to Dresden with my closest friend, herself German. Five years later, what stands out to me most in my memory was the contrast of bright colours against the grey sky, the cinnamon and mulled wine atmosphere against the sharp cold air, the and small little bohemian pockets of resistance against what would soon become somewhat of a fascist resurgence…

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Since 2011, quiet political undercurrents have risen to the surface. With an influx of migration (Syria) and a growing discontent with populism at large, Dresden has been a focal point for the fascist resurgence of  PEGEDA (Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West in English). It would be interesting to return, if only for a few days, to track and feel how things have shifted…