Photo exhibition: homely impressions of life in three countries 

Published on 24 May 2023

A crowd of visitors gathered at the vernissage of the "DREInsichten" photo exhibition in Umgebindeland

As a foretaste of this year’s UmgebindeLandSommer³, the TExTOUR project in cooperation with the Kulturfabrik MEDA in Mittelherwigsdorf invited visitors to the photo exhibition “DREInsichten – Menschen und Häuser im Dreiländereck” (Three Views – People and Houses in the Border Triangle). More than 100 guests attended the vernissage on 26 March 2023 at MEDA. 

Thomas Pilz, Managing Director of the Kulturfabrik, was visibly enthusiastic about the great interest shown by the guests from Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany at the vernissage. The special features of the region, the architectural heritage as well as the cross-border coexistence, are reflected in the photographs, said Pilz. Laura Plugge from the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutsche Fachwerkstädte e.V. is aware of the effort required to develop three countries equally in terms of tourism as part of the TExTOUR project. She emphasises the high tourism potential of the Umgebindeland and sees the upcoming UmgebindeLandSommer³ as an opportunity for the tri-national region and its identity to grow together. Every Umgebindehouse is unique and the photo exhibition presents this in the best possible way, as well as the diverse functions in the buildings, says Wieland Menzel, a member of the TExTOUR project team. It is important to emphasise these special features again and again and to maintain them in the long term in order to be able to develop the entire region in a forward-looking way. 

The photographer Rafael Sampedro captured a total of nine lives of owners in their Umgebindehouses – whether in their private homes, as holiday home renters or even on the construction site during the renovation of the house. The attachment of the owners to their houses is reflected in the pictures. They show the dedication with which the buildings are renovated, lived in, managed and also rented out. During the tour of the vernissage visitors, the focus was not only on the photographs, but also on the conversations with the house owners present. 

The exhibition will be open from 24 March to 28 May 2023 and can then be experienced as a travelling exhibition.

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