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A Photographic Essay by Frédéric Brenner

Tryptichon of three photographs: 1. person in front of easel in a basement room, 2. person alone in the auditorium of an empty theater, 3. two people on tables in a room with stucco and chandelier

From the photographic essay ZERHEILT: HEALED TO PIECES by Frédéric Brenner, Jewish Museum Berlin

Following more than forty years of photographic storytelling of Jewish life around the world, the internationally acclaimed photographer Frédéric Brenner has spent the last three years exploring Berlin, a stage for a vast spectrum of expressions and performances of Judaism.

His new photographic essay, ZERHEILT: HEALED TO PIECES, portrays individuals – newcomers, old timers, converts, immigrants and others – who have made Berlin their home or are just passing through. Via a series of fragmentary insights into this incubator of paradoxes and dissonances, he reflects on conflicting narratives of redemption.

from Sep 2021

  Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Libeskind building is marked in green


Libeskind Building, ground level, Eric F. Ross Gallery
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Brenner critically examines prevailing conceptions in order to explore new perspectives.

In ZERHEILT he seeks to transcend banal representations and bring forth a different imagery. Offering a fresh take on issues and people in and around the Jewish-German story, he critically examines prevailing ideas and conceptions in order to explore new perspectives.

Frédéric Brenner’s images evolve from extensive research, observation, and many, many conversations. To him, taking pictures means, first and foremost, encounters with individuals to whom he offers space to (re)present themselves.

The Jewish Museum Berlin will premiere ZERHEILT: HEALED TO PIECES starting September 2021.

We would like to thank the Friends of the Jewish Museum Berlin for purchasing the photographic essay for the JMB collection.

Exhibition Information at a Glance

  • When

    from Sep 2021

  • Entry fee

    Free of charge

  • Where

    Libeskind Building, ground level, Eric F. Ross Gallery
    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin
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