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David Carreño Hansen, Sven Stolzenwald and Christian A. Werner pose questions about heritage and cultural identity: their group showcase continues at the Hamburg’s Freelens Gallery until August 12, 2021.

What compelled three artists to create a photographic project about Germany – and why now? Disconcerted by the ongoing debate about national heritage, cultural identity, and the concept of a ‘typically German’ way of life, photographers David Carreño Hansen, Sven Stolzenwald and Christian A. Werner set out to re-examine their relationship with the country they call home.

The resulting series, titled ‘Heiter bis wolkig’ (‘mostly sunny, with some clouds’) takes a look at the absurdities of everyday German culture. The often idiosyncratic scenes were captured in different parts of the country, from Donaueschingen to Husum, from Duisburg to Hoyerswerda.

Hansen (b. 1978, Madrid), Stolzenwald (b. 1986, Neuss) and Werner (b. 1980, Weimar) met while studying photojournalism and documentary photography at the Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts. ‘Heiter bis wolkig’ is their joint graduation project, and was released as a book by Hatje Cantz Publishing in 2020.

For further information visit Freelens Gallery

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