At first glance the curtains do not look beautiful. They seem ugly, tacky, sometimes even barbaric, the textile equivalent to sauerkraut with bratwurst.
Looking behind windows on Berlin’s streets, Izai photographs the city’s ubiquitous lace curtains in hopes of piecing together the lives of its inhabitants. Originally conceived as a kind of archeological experiment, The Lace Curtains of Berlin is the graphic, nonfiction half of the Twin Projects: Berlin. Its fictional companion is the novel The Games. One of the novel’s protagonists is Rainer-Werner Sprengberg, who photographs lace curtains. These are “his” curtains.