Luise. Archaeology of an injustice
Photo exhibition by Stefan Weger
16 June 2023 - 28 January 2024
Fałków, 1941. 15-year-old Pole Walerian Wróbel is deported to Bremen for forced labour. He has language problems and is homesick. After 10 days, Walerian sets fire to the house because he hopes he will then be sent home. The farmer's wife Luise has him picked up by the Ge stapo. Walerian is taken to Neuengamme concentration camp and executed on 25 August 1942. Luise was the great-grandmother of photographer Stefan Weger.
With this exhibition, Weger confronts his family history, which is interwoven with National Socialism. He calls his photographic-artistic project on the death of the young forced labourer "Archaeology of an Injustice". Weger searched for family photos, explored the overgrown area around the old farm and collected files on the case. The result is a dense visual portrait of a family history under National Socialism that revolves around forgetting and raising awareness.
The editor, portrait and documentary photographer lives and works in Berlin. In 2021 he graduated from the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin-Weißensee. In his personal long-term projects, Weger focuses on larger social and, above all, historical topics. In these, he uses the approach of research-based photography, as in this photo exhibition. The photo book on "Luise. Archaeology of an Injustice" was awarded the German Photo Book Prize in Gold in 2021.
Programme accompanying the exhibition
21 September 2023 | 7 pm:
Panel discussion on dealing with family history
25 January 2024 | 7 pm:
Finissage and film screening
Saturday, 24 June 2023 | 1 pm
Sunday, 10 September 2023 | 1 pm
Thursday, 21 September 2023 | 6 pm
Saturday, 21 October 2023 | 1 pm
Sunday, 19 November 2023 | 1 pm
Saturday, 09 December 2023 | 1 pm
Thursday, 25 January 2024 | 6 pm
without registration, free admission, in German
Drawing history together! Comic workshop for beginners on Nazi forced labour:
18-20 October 2023
Guided tours for school classes and interested parties:
On request: bildung-sw(at)topographie.de | 030 / 63 90 288-21
The award-winning artist's book for the exhibition in a limited edition.
Single copies are still available from Stefan Weger.
How to find us
Britzer Straße 5
Tel. +49 (0)30 6390 288 0
Tue - Sun 10-18 h
24 and 31 December
Admission is free.
The exhibition is wheelchair accessible.
+49 30 6390 288 14