Paula Markert’s exhibition ‘A Trip through Germany. The Serial Murders of the NSU’ will be on display at the Freelens Gallery in Hamburg from August 22 to October 31, 2019.
It was a day the victims’ families had long been waiting for: on July 11, 2018 Beate Zschäpe, the last surviving member of the NSU terrorist cell, and four of the group’s supporters were finally sentenced in a court of law. For eleven years, the NSU committed right-wing-extremist-motivated murders in Germany, claiming the lives of ten people. Bewildered by the details uncovered during the five-year trial, photographer Paula Markert decided to investigate this troubling chapter in Germany’s recent history. Her images take viewers to places that seem almost provocatively mundane, until the moment we become aware of their significance in the lives of the perpetrators – at which point they are instantly infused with an acute sense of tension.
Paula Markert (born 1982) is a multi-award-winning photographer based in Hamburg. The Freelens Gallery is the first venue to present a comprehensive showcase of her long-term series on the NSU, which Markert started in 2014 and completed over the course of several years. A book of the same title (‘Eine Reise durch Deutschland. Die Mordserie des NSU’) has been published by Hartmann Projects.
A showcase of works by Paula Markert opens at the Freelens Gallery in Hamburg on August 22, 2019 – the photographer will attend the opening reception, starting at 19.00.
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