For the city of Hamburg, the Gefängnismuseum was redesigned, co-curated and realised. The permanent exhibition is based on a diverse collection of historical, curious, creative and everyday objects from the prison system of recent centuries.
The exhibition shows a reduced selection of thematic objects, which can be continuously changed or extended by the museum. The interior concept is based on a display system according to an archival style. Four massive archive shelves measuring 4 x 3 metres form the core of the exhibition architecture. They provide a framework for the divided main themes, from historical turf extraction to the investigation of the Nazi regime in the Hamburg institutions.
The museum visit takes place exclusively through guided tours. Under the direction of the author and scientist Klaus Neuenhüsges, groups are given an insight into the past and present of the imprisonment in Hamburg.
We see the exhibition as an open archive containing various documents and stories. The interests of the visitors allow each guided tour to be individual and the focal points in the room to be set anew. The exhibition concept is designed to give visitors the opportunity to question historical and contemporary developments.
Together with Johannes Schlüter2019