Curated by Sebah Chaudhry
'Long Shadows of War' is part of Susanne Hakuba’s ongoing 'Don’t mention the war' project in which she examines the shadows the Third Reich still casts on her native Germany, its people and her own life.
In contrast to how Germany has dealt with its recent heritage at a national level, the personal and local level has proven to be much more challenging. For many Germans there is mostly silence, which allows the past to continue to cast its shadows on their lives.
Susanne looks at three generations of Germans. The war generation, the children of the war and the grandchildren of the war and how they are interlinked through the silence.
By doing this she also reveals the interface between the British Armed Forces and the German people during 1945 and the following years. She enables the viewer today to witness the scenes the British Armed Forces faced 75 years ago. What was it like to arrive and be stationed in Germany at that time and having to deal with the trauma, complex issues of guilt and destruction?
The artist will be in the Museum and happy to answer any questions on Thursday, 19 August (1.00pm - 5.30pm) and Sunday, 29 August (10.00am - 2.00pm).
Entry to 'Long Shadows of War' is free. However, as part of our Covid-19 safety measures, we are asking visitors to book a time slot online before visiting the Museum.