Exhibition: 10.03.2018 – 27.05.2018
Summer 1964: the East German cargo ship Frieden moors in the port of Hamburg. On board, boatman Harald Thomas meets Hannah Ewers, an employee of the local port authority. Both fall in love, make plans, dream of being together. But the German-German reality is their undoing. Only decades later will they meet again.
In a series of installations presented in five separate rooms, Einen Frieden später by Elmar Hess addresses the effects of regulation by state utopias and economic systems through two biographies. Hess portrays the individual story against the background of international political events. Starting from the consequences of Nazi rule and the division of Germany, to joining the Warsaw Pact or NATO, to the current refugee crisis and the impact of globalization and data espionage, the exhibition examines conflicts and wars through limitations on individual freedoms justified by state interests.