The Power of Emotions (Die Macht der Gefühle)
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Politics, Society and Emotions

An exhibition of photographs and texts relative to Germany’s past 100 years of society and politics will be touring Namibia in June this year. Created by Utte and Bettina Frevert for the Remembrance, Responsibility and Future Foundation, the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany and under the auspices of Germany’s foreign affairs, the posters highlight the power of emotions to drive political and social affairs.

“The PASCH initiative is proud to present this exhibition to learners at schools in Tsumeb, Swakopmund and Windhoek, and of course the general public as well,” said Goethe-Institut Namibia Head of Language Cooperation, Corinna Burth. She explained how politics is increasingly driven by emotions and it is important for Germany and Namibia to understand this relationship.

The exhibition will open for Windhoek at the Goethe-Institut Namibia Auditorium on 05 June 2019, 18:00 and will be open to the public until 11 June before heading to Tsumeb, Otjiwarongo and Swakopmund.

“A selection of the 140 photographs will be presented to learners and public with the intention of informing them about the relationship between Germany’s and Namibia’s past, and how the present-day manifestations of emotions have developed over time,” she said.
The 20 posters, of which Namibia will see a selection, were created in the context of humanity living in the age of permanent agitation, while facts are called into question by perceived truths and the political arena cannot deal with heated emotions. Each poster presents a photograph and text that bring people’s reactions to and coping mechanisms with the political state of affairs to the forefront.

“Some historical events in Namibia and Germany were connected to each other. The exhibition highlights this connection and encourages viewers to think and reflect on how society dealt with the matters through emotions that lead to either a reaction or an unresponsive state,” said Burth.
The exhibition will include a selection of short film screenings. Guided tours are available to schools. Contact for more information.
Click here for the exhibition’s schedule.