Hilde Pank (Germany): HAUS+HÄNDE
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This is an extract from my Photobook Haus + Hände (house + hands) which is my Master thesis. I portrayed the house of my grandparents, in which our family has lived since 1890. Back then my great-great-great-grandfather bought the house to build his photo-studio. I combined photography from our family photo archive and my own pictures of the house and surroundings, as well as portraits from my grandmother, my mother and myself. The house was always given to a daughter of the family. While making the series, I was pregnant with my daughter, who was born in November. That is why I decided to focus on the women of my family and in this extract especially on my grandmother Ingrid, who lives there with her husband. She will probably be the last owner of this family house, because my mother and me do not want to back to that village.
In my series I try to show the almost never changing atmosphere of the house and the village. Generations lived there and World War I and World War II changed their lives. Then the village in the middle of Germany became a village at the border and a central train station to the West. To visit my family in their village, people needed special permission because of the border. Nowadays my grandparents are connected to people from the neighbouring village, just 2 kilometers away, which was part of the American Sector before and unreachable for decades.