Not Again, Grandma, Mom
Part of a long-term project "I Think Family Pictures, Too".
The works of Linn Schröder tell of sorrow and pain, repression and memory. In January 1945 her mother-in-law, then a twelve-year-old girl, had to flee Upper Silesia with her mother and siblings. She did not deal with this escape until she became a grandmother and refugees once again arrived in Germany in 2015.
Just before her death in 2017 she began writing down her memories. They are exploratory, sparsely described, nearly emotionless journal entries: “Lice infested camp, outdoors, hunger, just miserable.”
A year after her death, Linn Schröder went to Poland, traveling along the escape route her mother-in-law had taken. She went with her children and her camera. And she made the trip during the winter, the same time of year that the 1945 escape began.
Born in Hamburg in 1977.
1999–2006: Studied photography at the Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg, the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg, and the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Zurich.
2004: Joined OSTKREUZ.
2005/06: Dokumentarfotografie Förderpreis der Wüstenrot Stiftung (award).
From 2011: Teaching position at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin.
2011: European Photo Exhibition Award (epea) with group exhibition at the Gulbenkian Foundation, Paris, and the Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.
2015: Ich denke auch Familienbilder (solo show), Apartimentum, Triennale der Photographie, Hamburg.
From 2016: Professor of photography at the Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg.
2019: double trouble double grins is it so with twins (group show), Lothringer 13 Halle, Munich.
2021: Family Affairs (group show), Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; "Ich denke auch Familienbilder" (publication), Hartmann Books, Stuttgart.
Linn Schröder lives in Berlin.