humedica photo exhibition will soon open its doors in Kempten

by Steffen Richter, Ruth Bücker,  2011/05/03

After the travelling photo exhibition "Hope in a destroyed paradise - Haiti after the earthquake of January 12, 2010" had turned out a great success at its first exhibition location in Kaufbeuren, we are now pleased to announce that the second exhibition will soon open its doors in Kempten. The inauguration is planned for May 20, 2011; in cooperation with the local LIONS CLUB and other service clubs, the exhibition will take place at Wilhelm-Löhe-Haus der Diakonie, showing photos taken by the renowned press photographer Thomas Grabka.

Photographer Thomas Grabka (with Lord Mayor Bosse right) did not want to miss the first exhibition in Kaufbeuren. He is also planning to attend the vernissage in Kempten. Photo: humedica/Daria Napieraj

The travelling photo exhibition shows impressive pictures of a life after the immense earthquake disaster in Haiti. A life full of hard realities in a country where hope, change and future are nevertheless still present in every-day life.

The artist who had taken the photos is one of Germany's most renowned press photographers. Thomas Grabka is a quiet, always emphatic observer who has a unique talent for giving those in emergency situations a face.

The photographer from Berlin has an impressive reputation: almost all important players in German print media, among them also Der Spiegel, Stern, Focus, Die Zeit or Die Süddeutsche, are listed among his references.

Der Spiegel, a German magazine for which he spent several months as photographer in Afghanistan and Iraq, even dedicated an entire reporting series to his work. By means of his intensive picutres, Thomas Grabka has managed to establish his reputation as professional photographer also beyond the borders of Germany. His pictures are published e.g. in Time Magazine (cover photo) or El Mundo.

Dear friends and sponsors, we would like to invite you to attend the kick-off event to this impressive photo exhibition. A public vernissage will take place on Friday, May 20, 2011, which will be attended by high-ranking representatives of the city of Kempten, and also by photographer Thomas Grabka himself and humedica team members who took part in missions in Haiti.

The exhibition will be inaugurated at 7.30pm with an introductory event with the title "sense and nonsense of international development and disaster relief looking at the example of Haiti". Here, we will also address the contradictory issues in particular regarding the implementation of relief measures, which had been discussed intensively in the media on occasion of the earthquake's anniversary in January.

In his photos Grabka shows the reality he encountered in Haiti after the earthquake last year. Photo: Thomas Grabka/

Starting from 8.30pm, the exhibition will then be opened to the public and it will remain open for visitors until June 14, 2011 at Wilhelm-Löhe-Haus. Admissions to the introductory event, the vernissage and the exhibition are free.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you there this evening and to talking to you, exchanging opinions and giving you an insight into the hardship of every-day reality in Haiti, but also into its joys and hope.

Wilhelm-Löhe-Haus der Diakonie
Freudental 9, 87435 Kempten

20 May 2011
Exhibition period:
May 20 - June 14, 2011

Opening hours:
Monday to Sunday from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 5.30pm

Guided tours:
Individual appointments (school classes, groups, etc.) are generally possible. For enquiries please contact Steffen Richter,, 08341-966 148 45

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