Exhibit: 'East Germany in Mozambique: Photographs of a Forgotten Time'
May 3—May 10, 2018, Wed/Thu/Fri 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
May 7—May 8, 2018, Mon/Tue 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
Augusta Savage Gallery
UMass Amherst Campus
Handicap access available
The photographs featured in this exhibition are part of Katrin Bahr’s dissertation on everyday life experiences of East German citizens in Mozambique during the 1980s. They offer insights into the lives of those citizens and the development aid work they did while they were there. These images serve as a counter-narrative to official images published by the East German government, which mostly portrayed the successful labor of the experts. The current photo series aims to portray all aspects of everyday life and they provide insight into ongoing colonial structures that were further supported by the concept of solidarity.
The collection portrays work and family life, excursions and leisure activities, and interactions with Mozambicans. The images, taken by amateur photographers, were given to Bahr as slides. She then scanned, enlarged and printed them for this exhibition.
Bahr is a Ph.D. candidate in the German and Scandinavian Studies program.
This exhibition is made possible by a grant from the UMass Arts Council, German and Scandinavian Studies, the DEFA Film Library and the Augusta Savage Gallery.
The Augusta Savage Gallery is located in New Africa House. Click here for directions.