Portraits of former deportees
On 16 December 1944 Stalin ordered the mobilisation and detainment of able-bodied ethnic Germans from the territories of Romania, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria and their subsequent deportation to Soviet forced labour camps in January 1945 as a form of World War II reparations. Among the deportees, the Romanian Germans represented the largest community with an estimated 70,000 people.
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the deportation, the exhibition presents an insight into this often forgotten chapter of World War II history.
Between 2012 and 2015 Marc Schroeder looked up over 40 former deportees in various parts of Romania. His portraits of some of the last survivors together with their recorded memories document not only the harsh experiences in the labour camps, but also the cultural memory of an entire community as well as each individual’s coping mechanisms with the trauma and related aspects of “collective guilt”.
Further information about the project ORDER 7161: www.marcpschroeder.com/order7161/
Opening Reception: Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020, 7 pm
Welcome speech: Claudiu Florian
Introduction: Dr. Heinke Fabritius
Artist talk: Marc Schroeder
Guided tours with Dr. Heinke Fabritius (held in German; also possible in English upon request)
Thursdays, Jan 16 & 30, 5 pm
Thursday, Feb 13 & Tuesday, Feb 18, 5 pm, in the presence of the photographer
and upon request at: +49 30 890 61 987
Friday, Feb 14, 2020, 7 pm
Readings (in German) from the novels ‘Diesseits und jenseits des Tunnels 1945’ (Mariana Gorczyca) and ‘Atemschaukel’ (Herta Müller). Readers: Monica Broos & Konstantin Bez.
Finissage: Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020, 7 pm
An exhibition of the Romanian Cultural Institute Berlin in cooperation with the Consultant for Cultural Affairs for Transylvania at the Commissioner of the Federal Government for Culture and Media in Germany.
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