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OASE. DAS BERLINER ARCHIPEL

Ongoing project. Photography, book. Berlin, Germany


Island: A place, often utopian, surrounded by water; it is the opposite of a lake, which is water surrounded by a place.


Aimaro Isola



In the spring of 2020, after a tough Lock Down and widespread border closures, I set out to escape the city without leaving it, explore different worlds and enjoy fabulous travels without having to cross the world.

OASE. Das Berliner Archipel (OASIS. The Berlin Archipelago) shows a hidden side of the German capital, on the outskirts of the big city, where more than 50 islands emerge between rivers and lakes, surrounded by thick forests and where the cement has not yet arrived.

This context attracts Berliners looking to get away for a day from the hectic routine of the big city, but there are also those who have made it their way of life by settling on small pieces of land, voluntarily isolated, surrounded by water.

This archipelago also hides uninhabited islands, protected natural environments where fauna and flora coexist in harmony.





Rohrwall island. Berlin
Group of islands northwest of Berlin
Sailing between islands we discover what is close to us; a hundred islanders organized as a republic, an unnamed island inhabited by artists, schoolchildren on ferries going to school, ruins in forgotten places, luxurious villas with a shady past, paradisiacal beaches and private parties on the other side of the shore; 21st century pirates and outsiders reluctant to make contact; the smell of summer, the sensation of freedom.

OASE is a journey to the periphery of the city, where small communities have settled and adapted their life project to the particular conditions of the environment.

In OASE, Berlin is an island.


Woman at Entenwall Island





Group of islands southeast of Berlin