Erstmal · For Now
The picturesque town of Weimar was once home to famous poets and musicians and is today renowned as the birthplace of the Bauhaus and a cradle of German democracy. But Weimar's history also includes a darker chapter. Just a few kilometers beyond the city limits lies Buchenwald, one of the largest concentration camps built on German soil. Ivan Ivanji, a Holocaust survivor, once wrote: "Nowhere is the most beautiful and sublime that people have achieved so close to the most evil and terrible that they have committed.“
In his project, Jonas Feige explores the connection between these two places, which serve as a reminder of humanity's capacity to create both beauty and destruction. During countless hours exploring on foot, he observed and portrayed the young inhabitants of Weimar as well as the student visitors who come here to learn of the past. Feige's work is a meditation on the burden of history placed on younger generations and their difficult task of grappling with the complexities of their country's past.