Rabbi family Daus with their newborn child,  photo by Benyamin Reich
Photo by Rafael Herlich
An orthodox Jew at Bahnhof Zoo, Berlin. Photo by Holger Biermann.
Exhibition for hire

Shalom. Three Photographers Take a Look at Germany

Holger Biermann ı Rafael Herlich ı Benyamin Reich

A Jewish grocery store in Berlin, the family of a rabbi with their new-born son, police guarding a synagogue in Frankfurt – snapshots from the photo exhibition “Shalom. Three photographers Take a Look at Germany”.

A total of 51 images by photographers Holger Biermann, Rafael Herlich and Benyamin Reich document Jewish life and culture in Germany in the years 2000 until 2015. They show children at a Talmud school, devout Jews at the New Year’s festival Rosh Hashanah and a Jewish wedding. Yet the pictures also show anti-Semitic graffiti on a synagogue and a poster with the Star of David being removed by a police officer. The exhibition aims to encourage visitors to address the question: How normal is Jewish life in Germany 70 years after the Holocaust?

“Shalom” is an exhibition by Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. The first presentation was held at Haus der Geschichte Bonn from 21 August 2015 until June 2016.

Museums and cultural institutions can host this exhibition in order to display it on their own premises. It will be made available well packed in compact transport crates at very favourable conditions. This page provides all the relevant information on conditions, how to go about it, and whom to contact.

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Exhibition structure

  1. Photographs by Holger Biermann; born in Bremen, has worked as a freelance photographer in Berlin since 2003 (17 Photographs)
  2. Photographs by Rafael Herlich; born in Tel Aviv, has lived in  Frankfurt/Main since 1975, known among other things from exhibitions at the Jewish Museum Berlin (17 Photographs)
  3. Photographs by Benyamin Reich; born near Tel Aviv, today lives in Berlin (17 Photographs)

Scope of the exhibition

  • 51 photographs (b/w and colour) in 51 frames:
    21 frames measuring 100 x 70 cm (7 portrait, 14 landscape)
    30 frames measuring 58 x 45 cm (8 portrait, 22 landscape)
  • One stand for visitor book and information material (130 x 70 x 70 cm)
  • Colour of the frames: uncoated aluminium with grey passe-partouts
  • Introductory text in German/English mounted on Dibond (dimensions: 90 x 65 cm H x W)
  • Three biographical texts (59 x 46 cm)
  • Six texts with brief quotations (50 x 46 cm); one long quotation (62 x 46 cm)
  • 34 short texts German/English (5.5 x 12.5 cm) accompanying exhibits and 17 long texts German/English (8.6 x 12.5 cm) all mounted on Dibond
  • Approx. 40 m of continuous wall space is required to hang the frames.
  • 51 photographs (b/w and colour) in 51 frames
  • 21 frames measuring 100 x 70 cm (7 portrait, 14 landscape)
  • 30 frames measuring 58 x 45 cm (8 portrait, 22 landscape)
  • One stand for visitor book and information material (130 x 70 x 70 cm)
  • Colour of the frames: uncoated aluminium with grey passe-partouts
  • Introductory text in German/English mounted on Dibond (dimensions: 90 x 65 cm H x W)
  • Three biographical texts (59 x 46 cm)
  • Six texts with brief quotations (50 x 46 cm); one long quotation (62 x 46 cm)
  • 34 short texts German/English (5.5 x 12.5 cm) accompanying exhibits and 17 long texts German/English (8.6 x 12.5 cm) all mounted on Dibond Approx.
  • 40 m of continuous wall space is required to hang the frames.
  • A loan period of at least eight weeks is usual.
  • The borrower shall insure the loaned items “from nail to nail” (insurance value: 10,878.00 Euros).
  • The borrower shall be responsible for organizing and paying for transportation of the loaned items to its exhibition venue and return transportation in consultation with Haus der Geschichte Foundation.
  • The borrower shall provide suitable exhibition space including the exhibition technology (gallery rails/partitions).
  • The borrower shall contribute to handling costs, the costs of the basic layout of communication media and covering licence rights by paying a one-off fee of 250 Euros.
  • The borrower shall conduct public relations work (see below).
  • The borrower shall provide 2-3 photos of the space or institution where the exhibition is to be held for possible announcements in Haus der Geschichte publications.
  • Entrance to the exhibition must be free.
  • The borrower shall compile exhibition documentation, which is to be given to Haus der Geschichte after the end of the exhibition. The documentation shall include:
    • 5-10 representative photos of the exhibition at the borrower’s venue with and without visitors
    • Information on visitor numbers
    • Press reviews
    • Visitor comments / copies of the visitor book

General
The borrower shall hold an opening event and send the lender specimen copies of the invitation to the exhibition opening in good time. The borrower shall conduct PR work and organize a supporting programme for the exhibition. Haus der Geschichte shall for its part provide a press release and press photos.

Poster and invitation
Haus der Geschichte shall provide the borrower with a fixed contingent of 50 posters and 300 invitations bearing the exhibition motif without any individualized imprint. The latter can be carried out at the borrower’s request and expense in consultation with Haus der Geschichte. Additional contingents of these materials can be purchased at cost price.

Opening event
A representative of Haus der Geschichte must be requested to open the exhibition. The borrower is obliged to cover the travel expenses and if necessary the cost of overnight accommodation.

Publication of the photos is only permitted in the context of reporting on the exhibition and together with the copyright notice.

An orthodox Jew at the station "Zoologischer Garten" in Berlin. Photo by Holger Biermann.

An orthodox Jew at the station "Zoologischer Garten" in Berlin.
© Holger Biermann

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At Potsdamer Platz, children cut a swastika into the concrete. Photo by Holger Biermann.

At Potsdamer Platz, children cut a swastika into the concrete.
© Holger Biermann

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A rabbi's family with their newborn child in Berlin. Photo by Benyamin Reich.

A rabbi's family with their newborn child in Berlin.
© Benyamin Reich
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Graduation ceremony at a Talmud school in Berlin. Photo by Benyamin Reich.

Graduation ceremony at a Talmud school in Berlin.
© Benyamin Reich

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A kindergarten in Frankfurt am Main celebrates with a rabbi the Jewish New Year celebration Rosh Hashanah. Photo by Rafael Herlich.

A kindergarten in Frankfurt am Main celebrates with a rabbi the Jewish New Year celebration Rosh Hashanah.
© Rafael Herlich

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A Jewish cantor playing football. Photo by Rafael Herlich.

A Jewish cantor playing football.
© Rafael Herlich

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The family of a rabbi with their new-born son, a Jewish cantor at a football game, a Frankfurt rabbi celebrating the Jewish New Year’s festival Rosh Hashanah: snapshots of Jewish life and culture in Germany captured by the three photographers Holger Biermann, Rafael Herlich and Benyamin Reich. Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland presents a total of 51 of these photographs in the travelling exhibition “Shalom. Three photographers Take a Look at Germany”.

The photographs in the travelling exhibition span the years 2000 to 2015 and shine a light on the current everyday realities of German Jews. They show children at a Talmud school, Jews dancing at an Israel Fest and a Jewish wedding. Yet they also show anti-Semitic graffiti on a synagogue and a poster with a Star of David being removed by a police officer. The exhibition encourages visitors to address the question: How normal is Jewish life in Germany 70 years after the Holocaust?

The combination of works by three photographers of different ages and origins offers an opportunity to view this topic from different perspectives: Holger Biermann, born in 1973 in Bremen, worked in New York for several years after training at the Axel Springer Academy in Berlin. He has been working as a freelance photographer in Berlin since 2003. With his black-and-white photos, Biermann creates a nostalgic character that stimulates reflection on the history of Judaism in Germany.

Rafael Herlich, born in 1954 in Tel Aviv, has lived in Frankfurt/Main for over 40 years. With his photographs he aims to capture the normality of Jewish life in Germany and in so doing contribute to interreligious dialogue.

Benyamin Reich, born in 1976, comes from an Orthodox Jewish family near Tel Aviv and today likewise lives in Germany. His photos of Jewish celebrations such as for a birth or wedding featured in the exhibition show key life milestones, which shape not only Jewish life in Germany.

“Shalom. Three photographers Take a Look at Germany” is an exhibition by Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. The first presentation was held at Haus der Geschichte Bonn from 21 August 2015 until June 2016.