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“Heimat”

Wewerka & Weiss, Galerie Vier

Heimat” is one of those German words that cannot be translated without losing some of its meaning. It refers to home as well as to homeland, in geographical terms but also in a psychological sense—as our feeling of belonging to a particular place. “Heimat” belongs to our inner landscape, and it is a feeling that cannot be shared with others nor can it be adopted later, the way we adopt other cultures, for example. Twelve artists coming from eight countries were invited to take part in this show, and almost all of them made installations realized especially for this exhibition. Confronted with the theme, they approached it by working through problems of origin, of identity, of cultural roots, of past and present ideologies, of exile, or of the position of being between two cultures.

The ideas of external wandering and homelessness, which are often misinterpreted as true freedom, were depicted

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