This project looks at the idea of Germany as a nation and the literal soil upon which it was built. It deals with the shifting conception of Heimat, a word that in Germany has a long history and many connotations. Once mythologized by the Romantics, it was later perverted into a murderous Nazi ideology (Blood and soil). While it lost much its aggressiveness after the Second World War, the idea of Heimat today is reemerging with its interpretation being hotly contested.
These photographs provide an archaeological look at Germany’s soil and follow the traces of past conceptions of Heimat upon the surfaces of Germany’s cities and towns, its places of memory and its landscape. The sequence speaks to a noticeable and unsettling reemergence of nationalist and right-wing ideas that is reminiscent of Germany’s past and that makes a positive interpretation of Heimat all the more difficult.