2016 – 2020
The flat landscape is harsh and melancholy in its beauty. But it is also a significant place in European history. While the traces of wars and perse cution, of forced resettlement, of three divisions of Poland seem to have been erased on both sides of the Oder River, they are inscribed in the landscape and the façades.
All of this can be seen in Ina Schoenenburg’s pictures. We see faces that tell of the promise of a shared future: the border villages along the river, the “Polish markets,” but also the intercultural circus, the international educational and exchange sites, and the bridge over the Oder that connect Słubice and Frankfurt, known as the Bridge of Friendship.
It no longer matters if we are on the left or the right side of the Oder: because in the places where there were once borders, or where there are borders, borders can also be overcome.