Beiderseits der Oder

Beiderseits der Oder – Geschichtsraum Grenzraum Begegnungsraum September 7 2018 – January 20 2019

Exhibition: Beiderseits der Oder (Either side of the river Oder)
Venue: Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte
Kutschstall, Am Neuen Markt
914467 Potsdam
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 10 am to 5 pm, Friday to Sunday and public holidays 10 am to 6 pm, closed on Mondays

In this scenic exhibition various stations such as “Expulsion and Destruction”, “New Beginning and Reconstruction”, “Meeting and Understanding across Borders” provide insights into developments since the Second World War on the Polish and German sides. Not exhibits or display boards but audio, picture and video sequences accompany the visitors on their journey and provide them with an associative access to the historical events. Although the causes differ, the situation on both sides of the river Oder was similar: visitors see fleeing people, destroyed towns and villages and gain an insight into the new beginnings of agriculture, industry and private life. Photos and film excerpts, current interviews and personal narratives of contemporary witnesses and posthumous people from the region are intertwined with private pictures, which primarily tell family stories, as well as with official photographs, which are always also documents of political propaganda. The result is a dramaturgy though the space that appeals to all the senses and makes the collective shock of flight, expulsion and a forced new beginning comprehensible.

The starting point for this exhibition was the collaboration of curators of the HBPG, Thomas Wernicke and Julia Bork, with students of the 2nd semester under the direction of Prof. Kerstin Laube. During a joint research trip to the Oder region in the spring 2018, the exhibition team gathered extensive interview and photo material. Out of this practice, the students have developed a walk-in landscape that invites to a journey on either side of the Oder.

Exhibition Scenography: Svenja Stannat and Suriya Poieam

Photos © Svenja Stannat TU Berlin und Max Meier HBPG, 2018


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