Galicia, Kyiv, Greece and some exhibitions. There is still a lot to tell about the past year. The forced break caused by the corona virus gives me the opportunity to do it.
Category Archives: Exhibition
Vanished World Photo Exhibition in the former Jewish Prayer Hall in the Town of Horb
A selection of my photos is currently on display in the former Jewish prayer hall in the town of Horb. After the exhibition opening on 18 August, it will remain there until the end of the year.
“In Fading Light” exhibition opening and an excursion into Augsburg’s Jewish past and present
The city of Augsburg made me happy. On Thursday night, I had an exhibition opening at Bukowina-Institut and my dear friend Katharina Haberkorn was so kind to guide me through Jewish and non-Jewish sites in the city.
Media coverage of my new book, an award and more exhibitions
A lot happened since my last post in July. On 4 September, my new book “In Fading Light. Traces of Jewish Life in the East of Europe” was released. Since then, the book was kindly recepted by the media. And there was more: On 2 September, I was awarded with a “Key to the City” in Lviv. Bookstore and gallery Böttger exhibits a selection of my photos in Bonn and there are plans for a bigger exhibition in Augsburg.
“Remembrance and Oblivion” Photo Exhibition Opened in the City of Bochum
Olena Petrenko’s students of Bochum University – Nina, Judith, Patrik, Sebastian, Bea and Thorben – organised a wonderful exhibition opening with a selection of my photos at Kunsthallen Rottstraße 5 in Bochum last night. Thank you all for keeping the memory of Jewish Eastern Europe alive!
“The Search for Traces” on Exhibit in Berlin
Since May 7, Stillpoint Spaces in Berlin’s district Neukölln hosts an exhibition of my analogue black and white photos. They document Jewish heritage sites in Ukraine, Moldova, Romania and Poland. The exhibition will be accessible until end of July. If you are around, come in!
“Present, Absent – Jewish Heritage in Eastern Europe” Photo Exhibition Opened in Berlin
So far, I exclusively exhibited black and white photos. For the first time, the show in Auferstehungskirche in Berlin’s district Friedrichshain assembles some of my colour photos. Places do not only have a past, they also have a present. Colour photography may express this better.
Compiling a new exhibition
My first photo exhibitions about the Jewish heritage in Eastern Europe consisted of black and white images. To me black and white is connected to memory and commemoration – maybe because the photos of my childhood are in black and white, but also because most of the historical material preserved is in black and white. My interest in colour photography rose when I understood that heritage sites not only have a past, but also have a present. Synagogues are part of present urban space, a trace of a mezuzah is still visible, farmers let their animals graze in old cemeteries. But also absence is part of the present: cemeteries became markets, whole towns vanished. Having a good part of work already done, it’s a good moment to reflect some of the topics of the new exhibition, which will be shown by the end of January next year for the first time.
Exhibition on the Holocaust in the Galician Oil Belt opened in Cologne
On 18 February ‘A Story of Destruction and Rescue’, an exhibition documenting the Holocaust in the eastern Galician towns of Drohobych and Boryslav was opened in Cologne. The exhibition was created by an international team from Poland, Israel, Ukraine and Germany. It was already on display in several locations in Poland and Ukraine and will be shown in more places in Israel and Ukraine this summer. The Cologne exhibition will remain open to the public until 31 March.
‘A Search for Traces’ photo exhibition opened in Bonn
Today my photo exhibition consisting of black and white pictures from Jewish heritage sites in Ukraine, Poland and Romania opened in the Böttger bookstore and gallery in Bonn. It covers works from summer 2012 to 2015. I was glad because of the many visitors, nice conversations and positiv feedback.