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Behind Walls
2008

Behind Walls

Gundula Schulze Eldowy

ARBEIT (DDR, 1985-1988)

According to the state ideology, in the DDR workers had to be portrayed as proud, self-confident heroes. After all, they were the ones who laid the foundation for the new communist society. Gundula Schulze Eldowy wanted to nuance this image. She photographed workers in situations where they were really performing work. In practice, this often meant having to carry out labour in the midst of dust and dirt, with insufficient light. Uncomfortable positions, sometimes alongside heavy machinery, were by no means an exception. Despite the often brutal working conditions, the workers appear unbroken. Their exhausted appearance reveals a resolve to maintain human dignity.

  • ARBEIT (DDR, 1985-1988)

    According to the state ideology, in the DDR workers had to be portrayed as proud, self-confident heroes. After all, they were the ones who laid the foundation for the new communist society. Gundula Schulze Eldowy wanted to nuance this image. She photographed workers in situations where they were really performing work. In practice, this often meant having to carry out labour in the midst of dust and dirt, with insufficient light. Uncomfortable positions, sometimes alongside heavy machinery, were by no means an exception. Despite the often brutal working conditions, the workers appear unbroken. Their exhausted appearance reveals a resolve to maintain human dignity.

  • ARBEIT (DDR, 1985-1988)

  • ARBEIT (DDR, 1985-1988)

  • ARBEIT (DDR, 1985-1988)

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Behind Walls

Behind Walls

Price EUR 10,00