MERYL MEISLER I NEW YORK PARADISE LOST was the title of the exhibition at Fotogalerie Friedrichshain, which fortunately could take place from October 15 – November 26, 2021, despite Corona. FOTOGALERIE Friedrichshain presented the first European solo exhibition by Meryl Meisler. The New York-based photographer and longtime art teacher in Bushwick, Brooklyn traveled to Berlin for the first time on the occasion of her 70th birthday, thanks to support from the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation. Her work from the 1970s and 1980s draws a sharp contrast between the difficult social conditions on the streets of Brooklyn and the glamorous, excessive nightlife of the disco era. The image material were selected from the artist’s three photo books “A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick”, “Purgatory & Paradise: SASSY ’70s Suburbia & The City” and “New York PARADISE LOST: Bushwick Era Disco”. The supporting program included a three-day workshop for young people from the Kurt Schwitters School, followed by a presentation in the photo gallery, and a public panel discussion with Berlin art teachers and cultural professionals.