I’m Ligia Fascioni, a self-taught illustrator born in Brazil who has lived in Berlin since 2011. I’ve worked as an electrical engineer, had a doctorate in design management and published books about leadership, design, and innovation. Nowadays I’m a partner of the project wesen.berlin.
My website was chosen one of the best in the Portuguese language by Deutsche Welle in 2013 (The Bobs award) and you can access it here.
I publish daily photos of Berlin in my Instagram, follow me!
About Berlin Wall
There is a remaining part of the Berlin Wall in the Mauer Park, district of Prenzlauerberg. For decades graffiti artists have colored this historic piece of concrete, trying to turn something horrible into beauty. They can. Tireless, they express all sorts of questions with shapes and colors.
From time to time, the overlapping layers of paint begin to weigh and collapse. The shells, which bring years of history, are unique and multicolored.
My prying eyes did not let these details pass. Fascinated by the diversity, culture, and history of the city where I have lived since 2011, I photograph the everyday landscapes of the German capital every day. Attracted by the colors and textures, I began to photograph these small pieces of wall that are no longer.
I use the photos of the Berlin wall splinters as background for my drawings. I make cuts and digital collages contrasting the brutality of the concept that the wall transmits, the infinite colors, the feminine power and the delicacy of the animals in my own way.
I hate the Berlin Wall for all it represents in history, for the suffering it inflicted on so many people, for the deaths, for ignorance, for brutality and arrogance. But I love the bits of it, so colorful, so inspiring, so delicate.
Berlin does that to me.
And I think it’s great. Take a look at the result.
Curious about how these illustrations are made? See the making of video.