Heimatvertriebene (expelled from the native lands)

Heimatvertriebene Dorota Nieznalska
Heimatvertriebene Dorota Nieznalska
Heimatvertriebene Dorota Nieznalska
Heimatvertriebene Dorota Nieznalska
Heimatvertriebene Dorota Nieznalska
Heimatvertriebene Dorota Nieznalska
Heimatvertriebene Dorota Nieznalska
Heimatvertriebene Dorota Nieznalska
Heimatvertriebene Dorota Nieznalska
Heimatvertriebene Dorota Nieznalska
Heimatvertriebene Dorota Nieznalska
Heimatvertriebene Dorota Nieznalska
Heimatvertriebene Dorota Nieznalska
Heimatvertriebene Dorota Nieznalska
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title: Heimatvertriebene [expelled from the native lands],
post-German door with: Lędyczek (German: Landeck),
Sopot (German: Zoppot), Piłaki Wielkie (German: Gross Pillacken), Pawłowice (German: Pawlowitz), Wrocław (German: Breslau), Lębork (German: Lauenburg), Opole (German: Oppeln).
year: 2014
dimensions: 400/300/300 cm
technique: installation with video, steel structure, video with sound,
time: 13 min / loop, archival materials
in the collection: NOMUS New Museum of Art in Gdańsk
description: The installation consists of two steel structures for attaching to the wall, 220 cm and 270 cm,

19 wooden original doors, a video film with sound - compilation of archival materials containing information on history in the pl/en version.

The German term Heimat is close to the Polish fatherhood, means home, native land. In the legal sense of Heimatrecht, - it is the right to family land, that is why Heimat defined and defined specific spatial and temporal conditions as well as accurate legal and social relations.

Installation from video, entitled: - Heimatvertriebene [expelled from the motherland] is parallel to the situation of forced expulsions of ethnical inhabitants of the towns and villages,  from eastern Poland  to so-called Regained Territories in the years from 1944 - 1950. The notion of Heimat is the starting point in this case. The installation is an attempt to define a literal loss of land, a family home, through the use of brutal force, violence (the embodiment of which was the Red Army).

The symbolic reference to the loss of a house is the abandoned, wooden, internal door. The original German remains, unwanted "foreign" property were collected in 2014 from post-German houses (now Polish), from territories intensified  migration of German populationin the post-war years, from: East Prussia (German Ostpreußen), Pomerania (German: Pommern), Warta Land (German Wartheland), Silesia (German: Schlesien), Lower Silesia (German: Niederschlesien).

The video that accompanies the installation is a compilation of black and white frames, archival photos showing the escape of Germans from Poland. The picture is complemented by a moving sound.

 

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