The exhibition and book project “Structure and Architecture. The Postindustrial Heritage of Upper Silesia” has been supported by Europa-Reportage in collaboration with the German Culture Forum for Eastern Europe and the Silesian Museum in Katowice.
Since the end of the 1980s, the Polish mining region of Upper Silesia has undergone a period of profound transformation. The heritage, especially of pre-World War Two industrial architecture, is gradually disappearing or is being converted for other uses. Many factories have been shut down or demolished, while other facilities dating from the early years of industrialization are still in operation.
In this exhibition, Thomas Voßbeck’s photographs portray the aesthetic of Upper Siliesia’s industrial complexes in a new, artistic light. Through composition and by skillfully capturing the effects and angles of light, Voßbeck creates impressive scenes in which the imposing halls and machinery take center stage.
The photographs were taken between 2009 and 2010 and depict industrial complexes that were built before 1945 and have been preserved in various forms. The pictures reflect the cultural heritage of this region of Europe.
The photographic material is available in its entirety via the image catalog of the Herder Institute: https://www.herder-institut.de/bildkatalog/sml/voßbeck
An accompanying volume in German and Polish is available for the exhibition:
200 pages, 116 color illustrations, bound, hardcover
€ 9.80, ISBN 978-3-936168-57-0
You can find further information about the exhibition and the photographer via the German Culture Forum for Eastern Europe.