Haut, Stein – Jakob Ganslmeier
Winner Bronze – European Design Awards 2022
Category Exhibition Design
‘Haut, Stein’ interrogates the persistence, use and obliteration of national socialist symbology, which remains visible to this day. In this traveling outdoor exhibition, photographer Jakob Ganslmeier brings together two distinct elements: the structural ornaments and architecture through which the symbols of national socialism linger in public space; and the tattoos, by which the same signs serve to reaffirm an individual’s commitment to right-wing extremism.
The project forms a very relevant contemporary visual document, both historically and in the political context of the here and now. It is both narratively and visually impressive and at the same time it dares to be truly vulnerable. Due to the weight and complexity of the subject, placing ‘Haut, Stein’ as a spatial installation in public space comes with a big responsibility. Kummer & Herrman developed a design that narrates the project step-by-step. By creating an in- and exterior within the installation, the project unravels itself as visitors get closer.
K&H was responsible for the spatial concept, design and realization of ‘Haut, Stein’ as a traveling outdoor exhibition, which was initiated by the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation. The first venue opened in Weimar on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora-concentration camps and was realized in cooperation with Exit-Deutschland. The exhibition then traveled to Nordhausen and will land in Cologne in the near future.