On the occasion of his show opening at Webber Gallery, London, this year's First Book Award winner Damian Heinisch joins Fiona Rogers and Michael Mack to reflect on 45 - a personal and political journey across contemporary Europe, made by train and captured on 35mm film - and discuss what makes a successful submission to the award.
Damian Heinisch 45, the exhibition, is on view at Webber Gallery, London until 29 Janury 2021.
Thursday 3 December 2020
19:00 GMT, London
14:00 EST, New York
Running time: approx 42 mins
45 describes a sequence of image fragments that emphasise and contrast human presence in their physical surroundings. Upon closer examination, the viewer becomes aware that all images are taken through a train window. The photographer’s journey, which takes him from Ukraine to Oslo through present-day Europe, is inspired by train journeys taken by relatives in 1945 and 1978, leading them to death or freedom. At this point in all three journeys, each family member turned 45. The book’s narrative challenges the issue of forced immigration within the boundaries of Europe’s past and present. Eight months after the author’s return in 2013, a new conflict erupted in the Donetsk region, leading to an ongoing war.
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