The Truth Resides in the Folds

Johanna Diehl at Haus Am Waldsee


Johanna Diehl, MAGAZIN A.W.D. 13-25 (Bangkok 1973), 2019, from the series Dead Dad Wild Country, c-print, 47 x 33 cm, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf Frankfurt/Berlin
Until February 23, 2020
The first solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed Berlin-based architectural photographer and artist Johanna Diehl. Freely inspired by Walter Benjamin, she develops her work out of the idea that the essence of history lies in the folds of memory. Diehl traces the hidden in Europe‘s recent memory. She finds convincing images and surprising forms of presentation.
In earlier, large-scale photo series, the artist explored architectural testimonies such as synagogues that were half-destroyed and rededicated to sports halls, cinemas and factories in Eastern Europe, telling of past geopolitical conflicts. For her, it is essentially about the question of identity in modern-day Europe and the overwriting of history in public spaces.
In recent series, biographical references have come to the fore. Diehl is particularly concerned with the traumas of the Second World War, which until today have continued to have an effect over several generations. For the exhibition at Haus am Waldsee, new parts of the series “Alienation“ were created, which are based on archives of her own family.
Johanna Diehl, MARS, 2019, film still/making of, video, projection, colour, sound, duration: 22 min, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf Frankfurt/Berlin
Johanna Diehl, Foro Italico I, 2012, from the series Romanità, c-print, 72 x 91 cm, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf Frankfurt/Berlin
Johanna Diehl, Shepetivka, 2013, from the series Ukraine Series, c-print, 41 x 52 cm, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf Frankfurt/Berlin