THE TRUTH RESIDES IN THE FOLDS
At the end of November 2019, Haus am Waldsee will open the first solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed Berlin-based architectural photographer and artist Johanna Diehl (*1977). Freely inspired by Walter Benjamin, she develops her work out of the idea that the essence of history lies in the folds of memory. Diehl traces the hidden in Europe‘s recent memory. She finds convincing images and surprising forms of presentation. For the exhibition, which is made possible by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, two new film works were created as part of her new series “Alienation“.
In earlier, large-scale photo series, the artist explored architectural testimonies such as synagogues that were half-destroyed and rededicated to sports halls, cinemas and factories in Eastern Europe, telling of past geopolitical conflicts. For her, it is essentially about the question of identity in modern-day Europe and the overwriting of history in public spaces.
In recent series, biographical references have come to the fore. Diehl is particularly concerned with the traumas of the Second World War, which until today have continued to have an effect over several generations. For the exhibition at Haus am Waldsee, new parts of the series “Alienation“ were created, which are based on archives of her own family.
Curated by Katja Blomberg and Johanna Diehl
A catalogue with an article by Annette Tietenberg is released on 15 January 2020. Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König in German and English. 24 Euro.
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