Change of Command Ceremony ©Lila Hartig

Exhibition "Home-Based in Bavaria" / Photography by Lila Hartig"

Saturday, September 17th, 2022, until Wednesday, February 15, 2023

This exhibition has been extended! You can visit it until Wednesday, February 15, 2023.

In the middle of the Upper Palatinate in Bavaria, Europe’s biggest military training ground stretches across a vast area. Due to its use by the military, unique living spaces and natural habitats developed over time. In her photographs and audio recordings, Lila Hartig captures this Bavarian-American spirit of Grafenwöhr: the openness that characterizes both the people and the landscape despite language barriers or restricted access, the cultural diversity and harmony of nature, and the beauty that calm and peace helped unfold—side by side with the military.

In the work of photographer Lila Hartig, who was born in Landshut, U.S. culture is a recurrent subject. She last granted insights into Bavaria’s “little America” in 2015, when the Amerikahaus displayed her exhibition “51st State – Life in a U.S. Army Barracks.”

With her exhibition “Home-Based in Bavaria”, she now portrays the symbiosis of community, nature, and military exercises. The project came into existence in 2021 together with the U.S. Consulate General Munich, 7th Army Training Command, and the Amerikahaus Munich.

Photo: ©Lila Hartig

Lila Hartig ©Moritz Kienast

Lila Hartig is a Munich-based artist who was born in Landshut in 1989. Before studying photography design in Munich in 2010, she spent one year in the U.S. where she worked as cultural representative at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Being inspired by the cultural exchange in the U.S., she photographed the series “Ephemeral America – the impermanence of things” that showed the country’s landscapes and characteristic buildings. U.S. culture is a recurrent subject in the artist’s work who finished her studies in 2015. Her bachelor thesis project “51st State – Life in a U.S. Army Barracks”, which granted insights into Bavaria’s “little America” in Grafenwöhr, was shown at the Amerikahaus München in 2015.

Admission is free.

Saturday, September 17, 2022, until Wednesday, February 15, 2023.

Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. -6 p.m.

The exhibition is closed on Sundays, as well as on public holidays.

Home-Based in Bavaria Exhibition Poster ©Amerikahaus Muenchen

"Home-Based in Bavaria" exhibition poster

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