Heimatvertriebene (expelled from the native lands)

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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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