This Place

Photo Exhibition

Exhibition "This Place"

This exhibition explores the complexity of Israel and the West Bank—their topography, inhabitants, and everyday life—from the perspective of twelve internationally acclaimed photographers.

Photographer and project initiator Frédéric Brenner says that his point of departure for the project was the desire to add new artistic visions to the images familiar from reporting on the region. He convinced renowned photographers to join him: Wendy Ewald, Martin Kollar, Josef Koudelka, Jungjin Lee, Gilles Peress, Fazal Sheikh, Stephen Shore, Rosalind Fox Solomon, Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall, and Nick Waplington.

7 June 2019 to 19 April 2020

Old Building, level 1

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

All the photographers are from outside Israel or the West Bank. Between 2009 and 2012, the twelve artists spent extended periods of time in residence in Israel and the West Bank. They were free to approach their research and the pinpointing of their subjects as they chose.

Together, the more than 200 photographs create a complex visual portrait. Themes such as identity, family, the homeland, and landscape come into focus, while emphasis on the Middle East conflict varies. The result is a deeply humanistic and nuanced examination in which art reaches beyond the illustration of conflict and becomes a platform for raising questions and engaging viewers in a conversation. The widely differing works invite viewers to discuss the heterogeneousness of the region.

Logo with the inscription "This Place" in English, Hebrew and Arabic

Frédéric Brenner, who spearheaded the project, believed that no single vantage point could fully express the complexity of this historic and contested place. Moreover, when he speaks of Israel, perhaps most importantly he has in mind the metaphorical Israel, the place that gave birth to the notion that a particular territory can hold out a promise to humanity.

The scope and ambition of This Place rivals such past endeavors as the Farm Security Administration’s commission to photograph Depression-era America in the 1930s or France’s Mission Photographique de la DATAR, which documented the French countryside of the 1980s. Unlike those precedents, however, This Place received no government funding.

After appearing at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the exhibition can now be seen in Germany for the first time.

The exhibition was organized by the Chronicle of a People Foundation, Inc., New York.

Accompanying publication This Place, ed. Matt Brogan, texts by Matt Brogan, Charlotte Cotton, Miki Kratsman, Jeff Rosenheim, Rachel Seligman, graphic design by Julia Wagner, grafikanstalt (2019, English, 280 pp., 279 ills., hardcover; size: 32x30 cm; price: 48 €, in our museum shop: 44 € ) will be published by Hatje Cantz Verlag.

Exhibition Information at a Glance

  • When

    7 June 2019 to 19 April 2020

  • Entry fee

    Included in admission (8 €, 3 € reduced)

  • Where

    Old Building, level 1
    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin] See Location on Map


Old Building, level 1

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Tours (5) Public and Bookable Tours through “This Place” Show all

Public and Bookable Tours through “This Place”

You can book tours through the exhibition This Place as a group or book a public tour. Dates, and information on booking and participation can be found on the page for the respective guided tour.

Public Tour Through the Exhibition (in German)

Every Sunday at 2 pm
Guided tour through the exhibition This Place, featuring twelve international photo artists

Bookable Tour for Adults

Guided tour through the exhibition, bookable in English or German

Art Dialog in the Exhibition

Guided tour for adults, bookable in English and German

Art Dialog for School Groups

Guided tour from 9th grade upwards, bookable in English and German

Workshop for School Groups

Workshop on the exhibition, from 9th grade upwards, bookable in English and German (bookable until 19 April 2020)

Events accompanying the exhibition (4) This Place Show all

This Place

Events related to the exhibition theme.

Conversation with the Artist Wendy Ewald

5 Mar 2020
Conversation bewtween photographer Wendy Ewald and Gregor H. Lersch (head of temporary exhibitions at the Jewish Museum Berlin)

Conversation with the Artist Thomas Struth

5 December 2019 (with video recording)
Conversation between the photographer Thomas Struth and Theresia Ziehe, curator of photography at the Jewish Museum Berlin

Conversation with the Artist Frédéric Brenner

5 November 2019
Conversation between the photographer Frédéric Brenner and Gregor H. Lersch (head of temporary exhibitions at the Jewish Museum Berlin)

Opening of the Exhibition

6 June 2019
We are pleased to invite you and your friends to the opening of the exhibition.


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