Five years ago Peter Bialobrzeski began working on his “Second Heimat” project (following the “Heimat” of 2005). Switching his navigation system to “avoid Autobahn,” he traveled through Germany in search of answers to his questions: How and where do Germans live? How do most citizens experience German reality? His journeys brought him to small and medium-sized towns, larger cities, and suburbs and city centers. His magnificently captured and beautifully composed pictures, together with the text by Henning Sußebach about places, non-places, and memories of the German concept of home, make a great book about Germany, the country, and its soul that is hard for foreigners to comprehend.
„More than thirty years after Stephen Shore´s publication Uncommon Places, I decide to take a trip through Germany on the eve of the twenty-fifth anniversary of reunification. I try to describe and fathom the country´s social terrain….. Like Walker Evans, I´m interested in formulating photographically what the present day might look like once it is past. And to quote yet another role model: I want to see what the country where I´ve lived for fifty years looks like in my photographs.“ [Peter Bialobrzeski]
About the artist at Hartmann Projects
Forum für Fotografie, Cologne, June 2, – Juli 14, 2018
Deichtorhallen Hamburg, September 8, 2017 to January 7, 2018, further venues planned.