”Stadt, Land, Fluss“* is a photographic journey through Germany, driven by the shifting conception of Heimat. From its mythical roots to its poetic elevation at the hands of the Romantics, from its perversion into Nazi ideologies to Germany’s renunciation of anything patriotic after the Second World War, many definitions of what Heimat means have been offered.
Today, Heimat is again and increasingly being appropriated for political reasons. At the same time, a subtle yet deeply unsettling normalization of nationalist ideas is taking place. I aim to speak of my own unease towards this process, and the difficulty of finding and expressing a positive conception of Heimat, one that is not based on nationalist ideas but a personal connection to the land, its history, its culture and its landscape.
*translates to ”City, Land, River“ in English; a German quiz game about geography