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Harald Hauswald ‘Totally East’

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Harald Hauswald ‘Totally East’

Glasgow-Wide

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Free - no ticket required
Open to All

Dates and times

6th Aug - 15th Sep 2018
10:00AM - 8:00PM

Harald Hauswald, born in 1954 in Radebeul, completed his training in photography in Dresden and moved to East Berlin in 1978. In the eighties, he walked the city’s streets and took photos of things that other photographers overlooked or regarded as uninteresting: scenes of everyday life, lonely and elderly people, couples in love, rockers, hooligans and young people in churches standing up for peace and environmental protection. “The focus is on the people” — this was one principle of socialist realism.

Harald Hauswald had his own way of giving concrete form to this principle. In East Germany, he did not receive any art award for this, but got into trouble with the authorities. Of course, Harald Hauswald also took photos of decaying buildings and queues in front of food stores. But his photos were not meant to be subversive; they were rather a declaration of love to the people in East Germany.

For a brief moment, there was an almost tender relationship between the people in the photos and the photographer, which can be felt by the viewer even today. Hauswald’s pictures, which shape our image of East Germany in its last years, feature in numerous exhibitions worldwide.

10am – 8pm Monday to Thursday, 10am – 5pm Friday to Sunday

Venue

Hillhead Library

Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AP

Open tomorrow 12:00pm - 5:00pm

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