INSIDE Hohne Garrison
Until 31 January the exhibition is open by appointment.
Opening on Sunday, November 14 at 5 pm
The subject of the photographic long-term documentation “INSIDE Hohne Garrison” by the artist duo Nicole Blaffert & Franz Wamhof is the departure of the British armed forces from the garrison Bergen-Hohne in the Lüneburger Heide, which the artists accompanied in summer 2015. The focus of the work of Blaffert & Wamhof are the themes of landscape, architecture and people. It is less interested in the military aspect, but rather the traces of everyday life within an externally closed community in a time of transition. On the outside, the photographs of the abandoned buildings and the military training grounds afford an insight into a world that was closed to them for decades. The garrison and the NATO headquarters are located in the immediate vicinity of the former concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. Parts of the British Hohne camp, originally a military fort, were used as a shelter and hospital for the survivors after the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp (DP Camp). Some of the buildings currently serve as a refugee quarters. This additional dimension of overlapping and condensing history allows for a different, differentiated artistic discussion of the familiar subject.
Following the exhibition, a catalog will be published, published by the Bergen Belsen Memorial. A selection of the photographs will be shown in the memorial from 27.01.2016.
We thank the State of Lower Saxony and the Lower Saxony Foundation for the generous promotion of the project.