Mark Alker Fiat iustitia et pereat mundus

Mark Alker graduated from law school before he turned to photography, finishing his education at Ostkreuz Fotoschule, a school that puts its emphasis on documentary and journalistic photography. In his work „Fiat iustitia et pereat mundus“ he weaves together those two important pillars of his life by documenting different localities of civilian jurisdiction in Berlin.

In his work these spaces are devoid of life, like an empty stage after the curtain call, and thus underlining the theatrical qualities of the courtrooms which, like the stage in a theatre, can be seen as heterotopic spaces. Spaces that have ordering principles of our society, at least partly, ingrained into their structures and which they turn against perceived disorder. Locations thus which can be seen as spaces of realized Utopia.

Fiat iustitia et peareat mundus- Let there be justice, though the world perish- can be read as a promise or as a threat. But if these empty spaces are not only devoid of people but also devoid of humanity stays unanswered. It is precisely into this field of unresolved tension that Mark Alkers work is leading us artfully, leaving it to our imagination which merciful or cruel fates these places might hold.