Undine Groeger | Bio

Welcome

Thank you for visiting Undine Groeger's photography website. Through the arts, and in particular photography, Undine aims to open a dialogue on walls (physical, emotional and spiritual) with an eye towards individual and collective healing and reconciliation. 

She invites you to discover stories of communities that we live in and that surround us through her photography, short videos and community events. 

Photo ©2014 Bram Verweij

 

During her humanitarian missions with several international organisations, she focused on advancing human rights, raised the awareness of and worked on alleviating human suffering. 

 

Having lived the first 10 years of her life in the German Democratic Republic (1979-1989), she has subsequently found herself working and researching on topics related to communism and the aftermath of the fall of the Iron Curtain. 

 

Some of the topics that she has worked on are human trafficking, the politics behind humanitarian intervention in North Korea, and torture and impunity during the Maoist conflict in Nepal.

 

It was her humanitarian work in Transnistria, a breakaway republic between Moldova and Ukraine, that led her to documentary photography and back to her roots in East-Berlin 9 years ago. 

 

Today, she is a New York-based self-taught photographer who worked independently under the guidance of several established photographers and is currently enrolled in a full-time program at the International Centre of Photography. Her photos are an expression of her identity and aim to preserve and revive individual and collective memories.

 

She is the founding photographer of Within Our Walls and Beyond (WOWB) that includes her travelling photo exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, community events and a growing archive of testimonials on the Berlin Wall and other walls that persist in ourselves and our communities. #beyondourwalls

 

Her travelling photo exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, portrays an intimate experience of the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain.