Jews without the “Wiesn”

Encounters with Munich residents in traditional costume

Jews without the “Wiesn”
Encounters with Munich residents in traditional costume

SEPTEMBER 15th – OCTOBER 18TH, 2020

An exhibition of the Jewish Museum Munich

This year there is no Oktoberfest, no “Wiesn.” So what’s going to happen now? We’re talking about a festival which lights up the sky, which is so typical of Munich and so typically Bavarian as it is international. And which is simply not taking place this year. The photographer Lydia Bergida and the journalist Katrin Diehl have taken advantage of this moment put on hold – a situation for the city of Munich which is truly dramatic – to look around and hear what others have to say....

Jews without the “Wiesn”
Encounters with Munich residents in traditional costume

SEPTEMBER 15th – OCTOBER 18TH, 2020

An exhibition of the Jewish Museum Munich

This year there is no Oktoberfest, no “Wiesn.” So what’s going to happen now? We’re talking about a festival which lights up the sky, which is so typical of Munich and so typically Bavarian as it is international. And which is simply not taking place this year. The photographer Lydia Bergida and the journalist Katrin Diehl have taken advantage of this moment put on hold – a situation for the city of Munich which is truly dramatic – to look around and hear what others have to say. They asked people living in Munich to tell them their thoughts in the face of the missing seasonal highlight. And, despite everything, they asked them to put on their best traditional costume and gave them the possibility to show it off – albeit on the empty “Wiesn” site – and found themselves together with totally unfazed, cheerful people. That it hardly makes any difference that all of them are Munich residents of Jewish extraction is reflected in the stories they have to tell about the “Wiesn,” and first and foremost about what makes the Oktoberfest and its extremes: everyone is part of a huge mass of people and yet somehow is not. Precisely this could be the message behind the photo exhibition “Judn ohne Wiesn” (Jews without the “Wiesn”).

Photographs and idea
Lydia Bergida

Text
Katrin Diehl

Curator
Ulrike Heikaus

Graphic design
Katharina von Hellberg, dear robinson

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Duration of exhibition

Sept. 15 – Oct. 18, 2020

Where

Foyer

Curator

Ulrike Heikaus

Assistance

Photographs Lydia Bergida Text Katrin Diehl Graphic design Katharina von Hellberg, dear robinson

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Jews without the “Wiesn” - Encounters with Munich residents in traditional costume. Photo: Lydia Bergida
Jews without the “Wiesn” - Encounters with Munich residents in traditional costume. Photo: Lydia Bergida
Jews without the “Wiesn” - Encounters with Munich residents in traditional costume. Photo: Lydia Bergida
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