The photo exhibition “Stories Left Untold”, curated by Budi N.D. Dharmawan, pictured forgotten and repressed memories from past periods in German and Indonesian history via a very personal quest for truth by two young photographers.
25 years after the reunification of Germany, the German part of this exhibition told the story of former political prisoners of the German Democratic Republic who spent parts of their lives in detention at the infamous Hohenschönhausen prison in East Berlin – among them the father of Nora Scheidler. The photographer spent two years on the research for this compilation and was probably the last one to picture the original state of the second and third floor at Hohenschönhausen, before they were renovated and included in the public museum at the ground and first floor.
The Indonesian part of the exhibition documented the life story of Boentardjo Amaroen Kartowinoto. Only after the fall of Suharto in 1998, photographer Rangga Purbaya learned that his grandfather died in the massacres following the coup d’état in 1965 – a fact that has previously been concealed by his family.