HAUS am KLEISTPARK | Project-Room

Object I
Berlin-Hohenschönhausen detention centre and prison hospital
A photographic work by Ruth Stoltenberg

© Ruth Stoltenberg, Object I-10,  2015

Invitation card (G)

Ruth Stoltenberg’s photographs depict the former Stasi prison in Berlin-Hohenschönhausen and its accompanying prison hospital from a personal perspective. These two places of terror and violence, along with her intense conversations with formerly incarcerated witnesses, moved the photographer so profoundly that a deeply sensitive photographic project was able to develop as a result. In her images, Stoltenberg allows the spaces and objects themselves to speak about the horror that took place there.
Wolfgang Zurbron wrote about the project: “The photographs of Ruth Stoltenberg cannot make the past visible, but their depictions of the structures through which power is exercised over people are so powerful that they sharpen our awareness of injustice.”

Ruth Stoltenberg received her photographic training at the Neue Schule für Fotografie in Berlin as well as at the Lichtblick School in Cologne, after previously working as a television editor. The artist’s work primarily focuses on, and sees her intensively engaging with, places that have been shaped, abandoned or left in a state of upheaval by history.

Exhibition view

Opening: (from left to right): Ruth Stoltenberg, Roland Jahn (Director of the German Stasi Documentation / BStU), Peter Oehlmann, Maria Sewcz | Franziska Schmidt (right hand photo)

The exhibition will be open on the International Women's Day
(Friday, 8 March) from 11.00 to 6.00 pm

17.1. – 21.3.2019
Grunewaldstr. 6 - 7, 10823 Berlin

Tuesday through Sunday 11am - 6pm
Free admission
U7 Kleistpark, Bus M 48, M 85, 106, 187, 204



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