Exhibition: 10.03.2018 – 27.05.2018
In his work A Peace Later, Elmar Hess interweaves a very personal life story with world history, the private becomes political, Political is private.
The seaman Herals Thomas from Rostock arrives in Hamburg in 1964 with the GDR cargo ship “Frieden” and meets Hannah Ewers, an employee of the Port Authority. A forbidden love story begins, because Harals is not allowed as a citizen of the GDR to speak with the young woman from the West. For years, the two meet during his stays in Hamburg, write letters in the month in between. A thoughtless statement by Harals that he would stay in Hamburg on the next descent brings him the indictment of the attempt escape from the Republic. When Harald refuses to comply with the request of the state security to use his girlfriend in Hamburg as a informant, he goes to jail. Only years after the fall of the wall, the two see each other again.
And of course, that too is a continuity in the work of Elmar Hess, it’s about love. It is love that awakens our longing for freedom and that constantly nourishes our hope for peace. A positive message at a time when more people are fleeing war and persecution than ever before in human history.