Eva Leitolf’s Rostock Ritz is a fantastic book, titled after a hunting range in Namibia, a former German colony. It’s one of the most intelligent examinations of post-colonialism and the theatralization of history i’ve come across.
In her own words : “One hundred years after the genocide of the Herero and Nama by German colonial forces in the former colony of German South-West Africa (1885-1915), Rostock Ritz takes a look at the culture of remembrance of the Herero and the self-image of Namibians of German origin in their everyday lives.
The 23 photographs cast a wry light on ideas of homeland and identity, and open up insights into a society permeated by insecurity and prejudice.”
I hope we can get this in the Tillburg show, or maybe add it to the current one.
You can visit her site here, there is work on racist crimes in Germany, as well as mid-90’s Beirut, where the first image is from (the second one is from Rostock Ritz).