"Hope in a destroyed Paradise - Haiti after the earthquake of January 12, 2010" - the Vernissage

by Daria Napieraj, 2011/02/25

Yesterday evening, the long-planned and awaited photo exhibition "Hope in a destroyed Paradise - Haiti after the earthquake of January 12, 2010" was inaugurated. Unadorned and realistic are the photos taken by the renowned photographer Thomas Grabka, which show the situation in the Caribbean island state after the devastating earthquake.

Photographer Thomas Grabka (left) and Lord Mayor Stefan Bosse in front of the exhibited pictures. Photo: humedica/Daria Napieraj

The idea to organise this exhibition arose from the close cooperation between Thomas Grabka and humedica. In October 2010, the photo journalist visited some of the humedica relief projects in Haiti, where he took impressive pictures.

The Vernissage took place yesterday and it was declared open by Stefan Bosse, Lord Mayor of Kaufbeuren, Wolfgang Groß, CEO of humedica, and Thomas Grabka. In his inauguration speech, Lord Mayor Bosse said some words about the work of humedica in Haiti: "It is more than a drop in the ocean. It is the beginning of an independent life - made possible by humedica."

Among the visitors of the Vernissage, there were some mission team members and employees of humedica, as well as press representatives of the regional newspapers Allgäuer Zeitung and Kreisbote. Also TV Allgäu indicated their interest in the exhibition and its famous photographer and they did not only record the pictures, but also an interview with Thomas Grabka.

A further highlight of the evening was the guided tour which Thomas Grabka offered the guests. Looking at the individual photos, he did not only reveal his personal favourite pictures, but he also gave the guests some background information and stories about the persons, projects and fates.

Wolfgang Groß, humedica CEO, is talking to a guest at the Vernissage. Photo: humedica/Ruth Bücker

During the tour, he repeatedly emphasised his basic principle: he did exclusively journalistic work and none of his photos were arranged in any way. It is this natural and realistic character that causes his photos to have a special effect on their viewers, and to fascinate them.

On the one hand, the photos document the destruction that is still omnipresent after the disaster, but on the other hand they also tell about the work and help that has been extended so far by numerous assistants.

Thomas Grabka shows us persons who return to their lives and continue every-day activities despite the most unfavourable living conditions. However, his pictures also tell the story of persons who have difficulties looking ahead into future due to hard blows fate, of persons who have lost everything.

Above all, he also wants to show us those who are gaining new hope despite all they have gone through.

"But they do not manage this on their own. They are hopeless, sometimes depressed. But thanks to the help extended by organisations like humedica, we can achieve something", said Grabka from Berlin.

One of the honorary assistants finds himself in one of the pictures, showing him on his mission in Haiti. Photo: humedica/Sven Ramones

In order to give even more reasons for hope in Haiti, humedica will continue its work in the country. Therefore we need your support! Please help us to give hope.

Send a text message containing the reference DOC to 8 11 90 and support our efforts with a donation of 5 euros. Please also donate for the exhibition on Haiti via our online form, or make a donation in the traditional way to the account below.

      humedica e.V.
      Donation reference “Exhibition Haiti
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

You are welcome to visit the exhibition until March 18.
Location: foyer of the Town Hall of Kaufbeuren, Kaiser-Max-Strasse, 87600 Kaufbeuren;
Dates: February 24 - March 18, 2011;

Admission to the exhibition is free. On request, we will be pleased to give a guided tour around this exciting exhibition.

humedica is looking forward to you visit!

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