Maurice WeissSi jamais ils reviennent

Maurice Weiss

Si jamais ils reviennent

since 2015

“Si jamais ils reviennent” — in case they ever come back — is what a more than ninety-year-old lady in a small village in the south of France told us, when she explained why she still had an arsenal in her wine cellar. “They” are the German Nazis and collaborators against whom she fought as a young woman during the occupation in World War II. In those days she smuggled weapons for the Resistance, and today she still keeps rifles and pistols in her cellar.

The old lady lives in a village not far from the place where Maurice Weiss grew up. In his village — and in his childhood — the war was always present, even though nobody talked about the war: not his father, a soldier in the German army, nor his godfather, who fought in the Spanish Civil War. Still, it was easy to find the traces of the war there, and everywhere in Europe: traces in the landscape, family memories, the scars of loss. These are witnesses to the collective trauma that links all Europeans with each other.

Maurice Weiss

Born in Perpignan, France, in 1964.
1989–93: Studied photography, film, and design under Ulrich Mack and Arno Fischer at the Fachhochschule Dortmund.
1995: Joined OSTKREUZ.
2004: Tabori zieht um: Wie soll man eine Wohnung finden, wenn es regnet? (publication), Verlag Bibliothek der Provinz, Weitra.
2005: Hansel Mieth Prize.
2008: Work residency in China.
2008–13: Freelance photographer at Der Spiegel, specializing in politics.
2011: Living: Frontiers of Architecture III & IV (group show), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark.
2013–17: Accredited photographer for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
2014: Tomber(z) les murs (group show), Institut Français, N’Djamena, Chad; Facing Time (publication), Hirmer, Munich.
2016: Nominated for the Grimme-Preis (award).
Maurice Weiss lives in Berlin.