Undine Groeger: Blog https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog en-us All international rights reserved (C)2022 Undine Groeger Do not use, alter without permission. (Undine Groeger) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:39:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:39:00 GMT https://www.undinegroeger.photography/img/s/v-12/u352850235-o490705168-50.jpg Undine Groeger: Blog https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog 120 90 Japanese-American, forging a path for justice, remembrance & reconciliation across three generations https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2019/12/Japanese-American-history
It’s almost been two years... but when I’m with a family in New Jersey time freezes, and every moment is filled with so much spiritual enlightenment... Time freezes when...©2019 Undine Groeger

It was in 2017 when I  met Donna in the streets of New York City in 2017. She is third generation Japanese - American and her family’s survivor story was one of over 20 stories that became part of my long-form multimedia documentary project « Walls, Within and With(out) ». Seven stories including her family story were exhibited for the first time at the International Center of Photography's group exhibition at the Rita K. Hillman Gallery in summer 2018. « Walls, Within and With(out)» is the continuation of « Within My Walls and Beyond » travelling exhibition that addresses walls that persist in our communities today. It has been shown in Switzerland since 2014 and received support from the German Mission to the United Nation, the Caux-Initiatives of Change Foundation, the International School of Geneva, and various entrepreneurial organizations. 

Donna's family came to the exhibit to experience the project’s installation that included parts of her father’s and grandmother’s survivor story in the Japanese-American internment camps in the United States and how this experience had impacted three generations in her family.

In his last days her father shared with me that his first choice (that would not be granted to him) was to be deployed to Germany when serving in the U.S. Army. « Eventually Germany came to you », I replied, and he laughed. Shortly after, I returned to Germany for a few weeks and sad news reached me about his passing.

Part of the multimedia project "Walls, Within and With(Out)"©2019 Undine Groeger

I‘ve been invited ever since to their family home in New Jersey. His survivor spirit lives on through his photographs, his children and his beautiful wife, who is also a camp survivor. I continue capturing their memories of hardship, but also incredible resilience, leadership, creativity, passion and love that has always been present and continues to be at the center of their family life.


Photo & Interview ©2019 Undine Groeger

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(Undine Groeger) Dialogue on the theme of walls Reconciliation https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2019/12/Japanese-American-history Thu, 19 Dec 2019 06:12:38 GMT
A year of exploration at the International Center of Photography https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2018/9/a-year-of-exploration-ICP "Bear with me" was part of a photo slideshow featuring the work of all one-year full time students at the International Center of Photography. June 22 - August 5, 2018. 

These images belong to various projects that I began whilst studying at @icp and shortly prior, such as “Into the light”, “A cowboy and his bike in NYC”, and my long-term projects “Our Nature” and “Walls; Within and With(Out)” In all these projects, I’m exploring identity and place, relationships to family and the self, memories and dreams and how they shape our resilience.

All Photos ©Undine Groeger
Photographs taken in Germany, Mexico and the United States.

#slideshow #icp #resilience #bearwithme #photography #exploration #humans#landscape#germany #mexico #nyc #deutschefotografin


"Bear With Me""Bear with me" was part of a photo slideshow featuring the work of all one-year full time students at the International Center of Photography. June 22 - August 5, 2018.

(Undine Groeger) International Center of Photography slideshow https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2018/9/a-year-of-exploration-ICP Mon, 17 Sep 2018 04:45:00 GMT
In Conversation with the Woolf Magazine https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2018/1/in-conversation-with-the-woolf-magazine

I'm grateful to the Woolf Team to have been selected as the featured visual artist for Woolf's ‘Walls’ 2017 Winter issue.

"Undine has had a great deal of support for her work from her communities in New York, Paris, Geneva, Berlin, Brussels and Zürich (fundraising campaign). Undine would like to thank her supporters for her ongoing work on the theme of ‘Walls’, and you can read the full interview with her here."


(Undine Groeger) Berliner Mauerfall Dialogue on the theme of walls Fall of the Berlin Wall https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2018/1/in-conversation-with-the-woolf-magazine Mon, 01 Jan 2018 16:45:00 GMT
Call to action: Support #DreamLightUndine https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2017/5/call-to-action-support-dreamlightundine  

This is an invitation to join me in the next steps of a journey to create more openings through my photography.


As an East-German born documentary photographer and human rights activist I’m excited to share with you that I’ve been accepted to the two-year Master of Fine Arts Photography Program at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, beginning next fall.

I’ve been honored with an award of a small scholarship. It will cover a part of my tuition, however, in order to obtain an F-1 international student visa, I need to secure the total of my 2-year funding with a minimum of $75’000 no later than June 17, 2017.



How can you support? 

As a Dream Light Collector 

$ 550.00 - 1,500.00 (plus shipping) for a Limited Edition of 21 prints per photo. 


When purchasing my photographs you’re doing more than just supporting a dream, you’re also helping to preserve history and joining a movement #beyondourwalls. 

  • Purchase your photo via the crowdfunding platform                                  or
  • Discover and purchase the Limited Editions on my online store         or        
  • Send a wire transfer to the account of Undine Groeger, UBS Bank, Switzerland, IBAN: CH4900279279294207M1Z, BIC: UBSWCHZH80A.                         Please mention your first and last name, along with the chosen print number and requested size, as well as a delivery contact phone number with your shipping address.          


As a Dream Light Gifter 

Any amount you choose to give allows this dream to glow


  • Via the crowdfunding platform                        or
  • with a wire transfer to the above-mentioned account. Please include your name and the reference “Dream Light U.S. Fundraising”.


As a Dream Light Connector 

Connections beyond money

All avenues of support are important, and they don’t need to be of monetary value. I’d be grateful for any direction and/or connection you might be able to provide.

I look forward to hearing from you! [email protected], Mobile: +41 78 739 72 22


(Undine Groeger) https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2017/5/call-to-action-support-dreamlightundine Thu, 18 May 2017 20:02:00 GMT
Jan 2017 - Published photographs in the Economist Intelligence Unit's Briefing Paper https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2017/3/2017-EIUs-path-to-zero-briefing-paper On assignment with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to photograph the discussions held at the round-table on Bridging the Know-do Gap in September 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.

As a result a Path to Zero Briefing Paper has been published including my photographs. It can be viewed and downloaded here


I feel honoured to have been able to contribute to the elimination and awareness raising efforts regarding Hepatitis C. 

"The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major threat to public health around the world. Easily transmitted, its symptoms often do not manifest for decades after the initial infection. The implications for people’s health are serious: 85% of those infected develop chronic HCV, and many of these patients subsequently develop cirrhosis or liver cancer. About 700,000 individuals die each year from liver conditions caused by HCV, making the disease a signi cant global killer and one with a hefty price tag.(1) 

To surface actionable ideas about how to close the gap between today’s scientific and policy advances and their large-scale application to help eliminate HCV as a global public health threat, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), with the sponsorship of AbbVie, convened a roundtable on Bridging the Know-do Gap in September 2016 in Geneva." 


(1) Lozano R, Naghavi M, Foreman K, Lim S, Shibuya K, Aboyans V, Abraham J, et al. Global and regional mortality from 235 causes of death for 20 age groups in 1990 and 2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet 2012;380:2095-2128, cited by World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs164/en/) 

(Undine Groeger) Economist Intelligence Unit Elimination Hepatitis C virus Path to Zero https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2017/3/2017-EIUs-path-to-zero-briefing-paper Wed, 01 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMT
Oct 2016, Publication of my photojournalistic work "Unable to Forget Franco" https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/11/oct-2016-my-photojournalistic-work-unable-to-forget-franco

My photojournalistic work and part of a series that aims to 'reconcile the past in the present through photography' @withinourwallsandbeyond has been published on Eyes in Progress' website.

Mi treball foto-periodístic, i part d'una sèrie fotogràfica que busca integrar el passat en el present - Dins dels nostres murs i més endlà, que aviat serà allieert. 



Closing a circle. Completar el cercle.

My journey started with this book, 18 months ago, and it was gifted to me by the library in my neighbourhood at the end of my photojournalistic work on the Spanish Civil War...

The Spanish Civil War©Undine Groeger

"Everything has a way of coming full circle. It takes patience and perseverance to see a dream through...to close that circle. Because some dreams, like some circles, can be much bigger than others." by Karen Dale Trusk


(Undine Groeger) Franco Reconciliation Spanish Republicans Unable to Forget Franco https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/11/oct-2016-my-photojournalistic-work-unable-to-forget-franco Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:57:00 GMT
Nov 19, 2016 Celebration of Women Creators on World Entrepreneur Day! https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/11/women-creators-on-world-entrepreneur-day Pour la journée Mondiale de l’Entrepreneuriat au Féminin, Soft-Space fête la diversité dans l’entrepreneuriat et propose des rencontres avec des créatrices originales et inspirantes.La journée fait partie de la Semaine de l'Entrepreneuriat organisée à Genève par l'Université de Genève et un ensemble de partenaires. Graphique ©Softweb 


"Pour la journée Mondiale de l’Entrepreneuriat au Féminin, Soft-Space fête la diversité dans l’entrepreneuriat et propose des rencontres avec des créatrices originales et inspirantes.

La journée fait partie de la Semaine de l'Entrepreneuriat organisée à Genève par l'Université de Genève et un ensemble de partenaires..." Plus d'info


L'exposition photo itinérante, Au-delà de mes murs, est le noyau de mon projet d' entrepreneur: Au-delà de nos murs. Je me réjouis de partager mon parcours et mon projet avec vous demain à 14h à Soft-Space, avec l'option de le vivre, sentir et entrer en dialogue sur le thème des murs dans le coeur de la création même et de visiter l'exposition photo qui est montrée jusqu'à dimanche au Centre des arts à Ecole Internationale de Genève — International School of Geneva dans le cadre du Festival Les Créatives.






2, Rue des cordiers 

1207 Genève

(Undine Groeger) Entrepreneur Women https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/11/women-creators-on-world-entrepreneur-day Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:48:42 GMT
Nov 14, 2016 Video Soundtrack - Premiere! https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/11/november-14th-2016-5pm-video-soundtrack-premiere








"I belong to a generation of East Germans who is old enough to remember the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the impact it had on many people's lives, including my own.

What is it like when a wall falls?"


Three versions of this Expressive Dance video about my experience of the Fall of the Berlin Wall featuring originally created soundtracks by the Music Yr12 IB class at Ecole Internationale de Genève — International School of Geneva will be projected publicly throughout the opening reception of my travelling exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, on November 14th 2016 from 5-7pm, and then continuously (with listening via headphones) for the whole of the following week Centre des arts in cooperation with Festival Les Créatives.

(Undine Groeger) https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/11/november-14th-2016-5pm-video-soundtrack-premiere Sat, 12 Nov 2016 10:03:15 GMT
Nov 14, 2016 Teaser for Opening Reception at Centre des Arts https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/11/nov-14-2016-opening-reception-at-centre-des-arts---watch-teaser-video

Travelling Photo Exhibition at Centre des arts - International School of Geneva from Undine Groeger on Vimeo.


Undine Groeger's travelling photo exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, will be exhibited November 14- 20, 2016 and engage students, teachers and visitors in a dialogue on walls: "What walls do you see today? How does your wall look like and what do you do when you come across this wall? How do you engage with the other?"

It is Within My Walls and Beyond's 4th time in Switzerland, but different space, different curation, more stories and testimonials to discover, including collaborative art work between the photographer and students on the theme of walls. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the opening on November 14th @5pm at Centre des arts in partnership with Festival Les Créatives (62, route de Chêne, 1208 Geneva, Switzerland)!

Excited to share with you that the photo exhibition was set up on November 9, 2016 coinciding with the 27th anniversary of the fall off the Berlin Wall at the Centre des arts, which is located in the heart of the oldest International School, Ecole Internationale de Genève.

This is an invitation to discover and join the movement #beyondourwalls and to celebrate with us the 2 year anniversary of the photo project, Within Our Walls and Beyond, founded by Undine Groeger and co-created with Kieran Gopaul.

Music Remixed: Original of Making Waves by Greg Atkinson, www.freemusicarchive.org

(Undine Groeger) Dialogue on the theme of walls Fall of the Berlin Wall Germany History Reconciliation family generations https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/11/nov-14-2016-opening-reception-at-centre-des-arts---watch-teaser-video Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:29:31 GMT
Nov 2, 2016 Nouvelles.ch announces Within Our Walls and Beyond's​ next photo exhibition https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/11/within-my-walls-and-beyond-in-the-press Cette semaine Journal Nouvelles Genève​ annonce la prochaine exposition photo d'Undine Groeger​, la conférence "L’art des femmes et de leur vision" et le film documentaire Mirrors to Windows​ au Centre des arts​ en collaboration avec le Festival Les Créatives​ qui "met les femmes et la création féminine en haut de l’affiche".

Merci à Isabelle Fringuet-Paturle pour cet entretien:

"Undine Groeger présente son exposition photo itinérante: Au-delà de mes murs-Within My Walls and Beyond, conçue en 2014. Undine est d’origine berlinoise, «j’avais 10 ans quand le mur est tombé, depuis, il ne me quitte plus». Au travers d’une vingtaine des photos imprimées au recto de bâches suspendues au plafond du vaste patio du Centre des arts, l’objectif de l’artiste est la «réconciliation du passé dans le présent à travers l’image», ou la déclaration de mission de son projet photo global." ... Plus d'info/More

(Undine Groeger) Berliner Mauerfall Dialogue on the theme of walls Fall of the Berlin Wall History Reconciliation Temoignages famille family https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/11/within-my-walls-and-beyond-in-the-press Wed, 02 Nov 2016 22:22:00 GMT
SAVE THE DATE Nov 14, 2016 Opening Reception Photo Exhibition & Roundtable Women in the Arts https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/10/nov-14-2016-women-in-the-arts-roundtable Save the date November 14th! 

Join us at 5pm for the Opening Reception of my travelling photo exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, followed by a film screening and a conference given in the Auditorium by Susan Steinberg on her documentary film MirrowsToWindows at 7pm.

The evening will conclude with a round table on Women in the Arts, which will reunite several women on the subject of art and their vision of the world.

Break walls, reconcile, make peace!

The curation of the exhibition is bilingual, in French and in English!

More info: ENG, FR

Free entry. Register here.


Join the movement:




The Story of Within My Walls and Beyond

Within My Walls and Beyond, represents a personal journey towards understanding Germany’s past. It includes 3 generations that experienced the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, and, in parallel, opens a window onto life in a place that can be reminiscent of former East Germany, Transnistria, a post-Soviet frozen conflict zone between Moldova and Ukraine.

Within My Walls and Beyond was first exhibited in November, 2014 to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was initially made possible through the generous support of the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva, private sponsors, and collaborators. The travelling photo exhibition is part of a larger project, Within Our Walls and Beyond, that was co-created by Undine Groeger and Kieran Gopaul to reconcile the past in the present through the power of photography. It includes the travelling photo exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, a growing archive of testimonials on the fall of the Berlin Wall, workshops, and other documentary photography projects on walls that persist in our local and global communities.


(Undine Groeger) Dialogue on the theme of walls Fall of the Berlin Wall History Reconciliation Testimonials https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/10/nov-14-2016-women-in-the-arts-roundtable Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:47:00 GMT
New Partnership with Centre des arts and Festival Les Créatives in Geneva https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/10/within-my-walls-and-beyond-12th-festival-les-creatives I am extremely excited, proud and grateful to officially announce the new partnership between Within Our Walls and Beyond and the Centre des arts (Arts Center) of the International School of Geneva where my travelling exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, will be exhibited, November 14 - 19, 2016 in partnership with the Festival Les Créatives

Screenshot: https://www.lescreatives.ch


"To encourage children in our Western society to critically reflect on the role of women in art and culture, as well as the gaps and barriers that surround us to this day, we invite students to visit Undine Groeger’s photo exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, which provides a concrete outlook on these issues while inviting visitors to reflect on the walls they face personally and within themselves.

In a time when borders are being broken and rebuilt, understanding the goals and consequences of the fall of the Berlin Wall on our society allows us to critically reflect on the future we are creating for our children, not only in terms of sustainable development or economics but also openness and social harmony.

Walls today are not only made of concrete or solid materials, but can also be felt in our words, our prejudices, our cultures, or even our personal experiences. How do we tame and overcome these walls?

Within the International School of Geneva, the Arts Centre serves an educational and public purpose and is resolutely turned towards a holistic approach to education in order to develop emotionally intelligent, creative, and confident adults. That is why we are thrilled to welcome this travelling photo exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, from November 14th to 20th in this cultural building that is dedicated to art and education, and in honour of Geneva’s Festival les Créatives."

Isabelle Muller, Director, Arts Center

(Translation by Kieran Gopaul)


"Afin de permettre aux jeunes de notre société occidentale une réflexion plus approfondie sur la situation de la femme dans les réseaux artistiques et culturelles, et la volonté de réfléchir aux multiples fossés ou barrières qui nous entourent encore aujourd’hui, l’exposition photographique d’Undine Groeger « Au-delà de mes murs » donne un regard concret sur ces réalités mais également une introspective sur nos murs intérieurs et nos frontières personnelles.

Dans une époque où les frontières se brisent et se reconstruisent, la compréhension de la chute du Mur de Berlin, son but et les conséquences sur notre société permettent une réflexion critique sur l’avenir que nous construisons pour nos enfants, tant en terme de développement durable ou économique mais également d’ouverture d’esprit ou de générosité sociale. 

Les murs d’aujourd’hui ne sont pas uniquement fait de béton ou de matériaux solides, mais se ressentent dans nos discours, nos « à-prioris », nos cultures ou encore ressentis personnels. Comment apprivoiser ces murs, les surmonter, les adopter?

Dans l’enceinte de l’Ecole Internationale de Genève, le Centre des arts et sa double vocation scolaire et publique se veut résolument tourné vers une approche globale de l’éducation pour développer des adultes émotionnellement intelligents, créatifs et confiants. C’est pourquoi nous sommes ravis d’accueillir cette exposition « Au-delà de mes murs » du 14 au 20 novembre 2016 dans ce bâtiment culturel dédié aux arts et à l’éducation, à l’occasion du Festival Les Créatives de Genève."

Isabelle Muller, Directrice, Centre des Arts

More information here

(Undine Groeger) Berliner Mauerfall Créatives Dialogue on the theme of walls Festival History Les Reconciliation Temoignages https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/10/within-my-walls-and-beyond-12th-festival-les-creatives Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:43:00 GMT
Wahre Geschichten Zurich: Awakening on Nov 10, 1989 - Podcast https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/6/wahre-geschichten-zurich  

In March 2016 Wahre Geschichten Zürich invited me to share my story on the theme of Awakening on April 17, 2016.

I chose to write and perform a spoken word on my Awakening on November 10th, 1989 in then East Berlin, and 18 years later in Transnistria. It is about how I became a stranger after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and my journey of reconciliation with the past and back to my identity.

"What does it mean to discover a wall after it fell? Where or what is Transnistria? Where is home? Interested in hearing my story?" Listen to the Podcast here

Spoken Word Performance at Wahre Geschichten Zürich. April 2016. Photo ©Andrea Lindemann


Today, reconciling the past in the presence through photography is at the core of my work as a photographer and the mission of my entrepreneurial photography project, Within Our Walls and Beyond,  that aims to change narratives, encourage dialogue, build bridges, heal and make peace both on the individual and on the collective level.

#beyondourwalls #identity #walls #no2moredivision #yes2dialogue #bridgingdifferences #storytelling #spokenword

Wahre Geschichten (True Stories) Storyteller, second from the right. Photo ©Andrea Lindemann


(Undine Groeger) Awakening Dialogue on the theme of walls Fall of the Berlin Wall History Mauerfall Reconciliation Spoken Word Wahre Geschichten Zürich https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/6/wahre-geschichten-zurich Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:23:00 GMT
Feb. 12 @Creative Mornings Geneva #CMethics Participatory Photobooth https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/2/feb-12-creative-mornings-geneva-cmethics-participatory-photobooth

The global #CreativeMornings theme for February is ETHICS, chosen by Creative Mornings Madrid and illustrated by CEES


Find a #CMethics event near you (chapters continue updating their events throughout the month!): https://creativemornings.com/themes/ethics


Creative Mornings Geneva’s inspiring breakfast-talk and #CMethics event with the multi talented artist, Kylie Walters, at Théâtre du Grütli takes place on 12 February, 2016.


Join us for breakfast, Kylie Walters' talk on Ethics and cultural appropriation: from Spinoza to Miley Cyrus and my participatory photo booth on #mycultureis


"Beg, borrow or steal. How do we navigate ethical questions linked to cultural appropriation in an increasingly interconnected world? 

Are creative professions essentially magpie professions - does it matter?


This talk explores the ethical grey areas surrounding creative influences through the lens of a choreographer and performer.


“Hot-head of dance”, multi talented artist, “astonishing in her way of dialoguing with extremes on stage”, Kylie Walters, “the arrow”, has performed internationally as a dancer and actress for respected choreographers and directors and with her own creations."



Join my participatory photo booth #mycultureis


©Undine Groeger


"Tap into Your Inner Artist and join CMGeneva's Participatory Photo Booth! 


To celebrate the theme of the month #CMEthics, our A-MA-ZING photographer, Undine Groeger, will host a participatory Photo Booth that aims to move beyond cultural stereotypes by giving you the creative space and opportunity to interpret and represent your 'culture' in your own way through photography.


We invite you to tap into your inner artist and to consider bringing along, for example, an item, word(s), or perhaps just a fluffy idea to co-create meaningful and unique photo souvenirs of February's CreativeMornings talk on Ethics and Cultural Appropriation!"

(Undine Groeger) https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/2/feb-12-creative-mornings-geneva-cmethics-participatory-photobooth Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:15:00 GMT
Until March 31, 2016 - Extension of Photo Exhibition at Caux Expo https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/1/until-march-31-2016---extension-of-photo-exhibition-at-caux-expo Visit the Photo Exhibition on Walls, currently in partnership with CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation, until March 31, 2016 at Caux Expo and engage in dialogues on walls with East-Berlin born documentary photographer Undine Groeger​.


Witness the #power of #storytelling through #photography and its power to #reconcile the past in the present by discovering the story of 3 generations of former East Berliners and their transition to a unified Germany, and in parallel the life of people in Transnistria who live in an unrecognised territory until today through Undine Groeger's travelling photo exhibition: Within My Walls and Beyond.

Undine Groeger invites you to ask yourself what walls would like to see come down in your life time? What are your walls? How can each of us contribute to bridging communities?

Book your guided tour and/or art workshop with your friends, colleagues, children, students by contacting the photographer.



(Undine Groeger) #beyondourwalls CAUX-IofC Dialogue on the theme of walls Fall of the Berlin Wall History Reconciliation Reconciling the past in the present through the power of photography What are my walls? https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2016/1/until-march-31-2016---extension-of-photo-exhibition-at-caux-expo Sun, 17 Jan 2016 16:00:00 GMT
Now on Youtube - Watch Within Our Walls and Beyond's Youtube Channel https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/12/now-on-youtube---watch-within-our-walls-and-beyonds-youtube-channel Discover, watch, share and subscribe to Within Our Walls and Beyond's Youtube Channel


Est-ce que nous sommes des bétonneurs [de murs], des diviseurs dans l'humanité? Ou, est-ce que nous sommes des gens qui essaient de démanteler les murs, de faire progresser la compréhension entre les gens?

Entretien (18 juillet 2015) avec Antoine Jaulmes, Président de la Fondation CAUX-Initiatives et Changement sur l'expo photo d'Undine Groeger, Au-delà de mes murs, à Caux Expo jusqu'au 31 mars 2016. 



Interview on 18 July 2015 with Barbara Hintermann, Secretary-General of CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation, on Undine Groeger’s photo exhibition: Within My Walls and Beyond. (deutsch) 


I think the challenge for us is to reach out to the people who do not think like us... we need to reach out consciously more to the people who hate Islam, who are afraid, the people who are afraid of the 'foreigner'.

Interview on 18 July 2015 with Andrew Stallybrass, Managing Director of Caux Books of CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation, on Undine Groeger’s photo exhibition: Within My Walls and Beyond. (English)




(Undine Groeger) CAUX-IofC Dialogue on the theme of walls History Reconciliation Temoignages https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/12/now-on-youtube---watch-within-our-walls-and-beyonds-youtube-channel Wed, 09 Dec 2015 09:03:07 GMT
Dec. 12-13: Discover photo exhibition and the history of Caux-Palace https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/12/discover-photo-exhibition-and-the-history-of-caux-palace-in-snow I invite you to join guided tours of my photo exhibition on Saturday 12 December, at 10h30-12h and 14h30-16h in French, and on Sunday 13 December, at 11h-12h30 and 15h-16h30 in English at Caux Expo in the Caux-Palace.


You can combine the discovery of the photo exhibition with a historical treasure hunt of the Caux-Palace and the Caux-Christmas market, which is situated just outside the Caux-Palace with a beautiful view of Montreux, Lake Geneva and snow-capped mountains.


Photo of the Paperback Cover

Caux: Healing the Past - Forging the Future

by Mike Brown (Author), John Williams (Author)

Caux Edition, Switzerland, 1996

ISBN 10: 2880370299


I will be present to answer your questions and share the story behind the exhibition from 9:30 to 17:00 on both days in English, French and German.



Download the flyers for the photo exhibition: 

in French for Saturday here 

Plus d'info: http://www.caux.ch/fr/visites-guidées-de-lexposition-au-delà-de-mes-murs

in English for Sunday here

More info: http://www.caux.ch/guided-tour-photo-exhibition-within-my-walls-and-beyond


Please register for the historical treasure hunt:

in French for Saturday here

in English for Sunday here 




(Undine Groeger) CAUX-IofC Dialogue on the theme of walls Fall of the Berlin Wall History Reconciliation https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/12/discover-photo-exhibition-and-the-history-of-caux-palace-in-snow Thu, 03 Dec 2015 15:39:46 GMT
Nov. 21: Guided tour "Within My Walls and Beyond" during Friends of Caux Weekend https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/11/guided-tour-of-within-my-walls-and-beyond-21-22-november-2015-weekend-friends-of-caux Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 09:30 to Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 16:30 


You are invited to either stay for the entire "Friends of Caux Weekend" in Caux, Switzerland to or join us for a couple of hours in the Caux-Expo for a guided tour of my photo exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, storytelling and a participatory experience on Saturday afternoon.


"Join the weekend of the Friends of Caux to learn more about Initiatives of Change. It is open to all persons who would like to recharge their batteries and to practice an open and honest dialogue around the theme of migration. The weekend will be held in German and French."  


For any questions, please contact me or register here.


The guided tour of my photo exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, and a storytelling circle will take place on Saturday, 21 November 2015 from 13:00 to 15:00.


- You will learn about Undine Groeger's travelling photo exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, that is currently in partnership with the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation (CAUX-IofC). Her (photo) story on the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall will take you from Berlin to Transnistria, a post-Soviet frozen conflict zone between Moldova and Ukraine. It portrays memories of the past, and a path to healing and reconciliation.


Watch video teaser:



- We invite you to share your stories on the Berlin wall and walls that persist in your communities while contributing to a participatory art project.


- You will learn about the Within Our Walls and Beyond project that aims “to reconcile the past in the present through the power of photography” and how you can support this project.



More info: 
Undine Groeger’s travelling photo exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, was first exhibited in November, 2014 to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with the support of the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva.

Like & Share: https://www.facebook.com/withinourwallsandbeyond

Participate and Follow the Dialogue:  



Friends of Caux weekend on FB




Photo of the Paperback Cover

Caux: Healing the Past - Forging the Future

by Mike Brown (Author), John Williams (Author)

Caux Edition, Switzerland, 1996

ISBN 10: 2880370299











(Undine Groeger) CAUX-IofC Caux Dialogue on the theme of walls Guided tours Migration Reconciliation Story Circle What is your story? https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/11/guided-tour-of-within-my-walls-and-beyond-21-22-november-2015-weekend-friends-of-caux Thu, 12 Nov 2015 13:30:00 GMT
Oct. 16: #beyondourwalls at Impact Hub Geneva https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/11/16-oct-2015-beyondourwalls-at-impact-hub-geneva In light of the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe and the upcoming 26th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we invite you to join me and Andrew Stallybrass from the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation for my photo exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, and a dialogue on walls at Impact Hub Geneva.

Register here: Facebook Event

In this event you will:

- Learn about my travelling photo exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, in partnership with the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation (CAUX-IofC). My (photo) story on the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall will take you from Berlin to Transnistria, a post-Soviet frozen conflict zone between Moldova and Ukraine.

- Discover through stories told by Andrew Stallybrass how the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation has and continues to play a role in bringing down walls within and beyond Europe.

- Share your stories on the Berlin Wall and walls that persist in your communities while co-creating a photo collage at Impact Hub Geneva.*

*PLEASE BRING: a copy of a photo(s) from 1989, for example, of yourself, and a copy of a photo(s) related to the Berlin Wall and/or walls in your community.

- Learn how you can support the Within Our Walls and Beyond project that aims “to reconcile the past in the present through the power of photography.”



Testimonials from the #beyondourwalls event at Impact Hub Geneva:

Thanks again so much for this very nice workshop of yours in the Grand Salon the other day, dear Undine & Kieran! Both moving and thought-provoking for me at the same time! Thank you!

Posted by Felix Stähli on Friday, November 20, 2015

Awesome event - not only are the pictures great! We had one of the best discussion about walls. Are they always "bad" -...

Posted by Wolfram Klug on Saturday, October 17, 2015





Yesterdays event in the Impact Hub was very interesting. Great discussion about walls in our mind and the Berlin wall. Undine gave an insight into her familys experiance in the communist area. Wow!

Posted by Jack Müller on Saturday, October 17, 2015


















Currently on display at Impact Hub Geneva:

Some of the photos of my travelling photo exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, are currently on display at Impact Hub Geneva alongside stories that participants shared during the #beyondourwalls event.

(Undine Groeger) CAUX-IofC Geneva Impact Hub Geneva Storytelling https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/11/16-oct-2015-beyondourwalls-at-impact-hub-geneva Sat, 03 Oct 2015 17:45:00 GMT
Book your tour! - 2015/2016 Travelling Photo Exhibition in Caux, Switzerland https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/9/2015/2016-travelling-photo-exhibition-at-caux-switzerland---book-your-tour  

The travelling photo exhibitionWithin My Walls and Beyond, is currently on display in the historical Caux-Palace (10 minutes from Montreux) in partnership with the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation to engage children and adults in a dialogue on walls. 


I am offering free interdisciplinary and participatory educational experiences on a part of Germany’s and Europe’s history through the photo exhibition, the Caux-Palace and CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation, and interactive storytelling activities on the theme of walls.


Please note, that I can facilitate in one of the following languages at a time: English, French or German. 

To visualise the above, please watch the video teaser below (approx. 1min)




We are also offering combined tours of the travelling photo exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, and the historical Caux-Palace.


For more info, please contact me. 

Please note, your visit of the photo exhibition and the Caux-Palace can be combined with a visit to Caux's Christmas market, which is next to the Caux-Palace from 20 November to 24 December 2015, a beautiful hike and a visit to Santa Claus' House atop Rochers de Naye.


I look forward to welcoming you in Caux, Switzerland! 




(Undine Groeger) CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation Caux-Palace Education Fall of the Berlin Wall History Interdisciplinary Learning Photo Exhibition https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/9/2015/2016-travelling-photo-exhibition-at-caux-switzerland---book-your-tour Tue, 15 Sep 2015 19:18:00 GMT
15 July: Opening of Travelling Photo Exhibition: Within My Walls and Beyond in Caux, Switzerland https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/7/travelling-photo-exhibition-within-my-walls-and-beyond-in-caux-switzerland

Travelling Photo Exhibition in Caux, Switzerland:



Register for the opening of the exhibition in Caux:



Like Within Our Walls and Beyond Community on Facebook:



Join the dialogue #beyondourwalls @CAUXIofC

(Undine Groeger) #beyondourwalls @CauxIofC Dialogue on the theme of walls Healing the Past Mauerfall Reconciliation Travelling Photo Exhibition Understanding Germany's Past https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/7/travelling-photo-exhibition-within-my-walls-and-beyond-in-caux-switzerland Sun, 12 Jul 2015 08:41:32 GMT
Check out Short Video on Berlin 25! https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/2/check-out-short-video-on-what-was-berlin-25  


A retrospective video on Berlin 25! - a community event and photo exhibition Within My Walls and Beyond


“Walls can be erected from words, from cultures, from discrimination, all sorts of walls can pop up, and this project, as you will see, is trying to visualise that.” 

-November 7, 2014, Ambassador Dr Thomas Fitschen



Trouvez des sous-titres français ici

Für deutsche Untertitel hier

(Undine Groeger) 25 Jahre Mauerfall Berlin 25! Berliner Mauerfall Fall of the Berlin Wall Temoignages What was Berlin 25! https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/2/check-out-short-video-on-what-was-berlin-25 Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:51:14 GMT
"Within Our Walls and Beyond" presented at 8th History-Fair in Suhl, Germany https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/2/within-our-walls-and-beyond-presented-at-8th-history-fair-suhl-germany  

It was with great pleasure that Brummel and I accepted the invitation from the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the Socialist Unity Party Dictatorship (under communist rule in East Germany from 1949 to 1989) to present at the 8th History Fair in Suhl, Germany, from the 29th to the 31st of January 2015.


The theme of the 8th History Fair was “25 years of German reunification”



The travelling photo-exhibit Within My Walls and Beyond and the community project Within Our Walls and Beyond was presented at a stand and with a presentation to the public.



It was an unforgettable part of my journey towards understanding my history, that of my parents' and my grandparents' - to learn, discover, discuss and contribute to a dialogue on reappraisal and reconciliation. 




Special thanks goes to the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship, and to those who shared their stories and witnessed. 


(Undine Groeger) 25 Jahre Deutsche Einheit Aftermath Aufarbeitungsinitiativen Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur German reunification Germany Geschichtsreporter Reappraisal Reconciliation Suhl Thüringen https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/2/within-our-walls-and-beyond-presented-at-8th-history-fair-suhl-germany Sun, 01 Feb 2015 20:00:00 GMT
Now on Facebook https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/3/within-our-walls-and-beyond-launched-on-social-media Within Our Walls and Beyond is a project deeply rooted in my personal story.

© Bram Verweij

It includes my travelling photo exhibition, Within My Walls and Beyond, and a growing archive of testimonials and dialogue on the fall of the Berlin Wall and other walls that persist in our local and global communities.


Within Our Walls and Beyond mission is to reconcile the past in the present through the power of photography and dialogues.

Like Within Our Walls and Beyond on Facebook for more information and updates on photo exhibition tours, interactive workshops, dialogues on the theme of walls in our communities and community events.




(Undine Groeger) Community Facebook Page History Reconciling the past in the present Within Our Walls and Beyond https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/3/within-our-walls-and-beyond-launched-on-social-media Thu, 08 Jan 2015 20:00:00 GMT
Happy 2015 from Lake Geneva! https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/3/happy-2015-from-lake-geneva

(Undine Groeger) 2015 Genfer See Happy New Year Seagull lac leman https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/3/happy-2015-from-lake-geneva Thu, 01 Jan 2015 15:00:00 GMT
Extension: Photo Exhibition "Within My Walls and Beyond" at Pavillon Bleu in Geneva https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/2/within-my-walls-and-beyond-a-photo-exhibit-and-a-community-event-berlin25

November 30, 3-7 pm, for the last time at Pavillon Bleu aux Grottes (Rue des Amis) behind the Cornavin train station in Geneva opens its doors for the last time to Within My Walls and Beyond, a solo exhibition by documentary photographer Undine Groeger. 


With photographs, a film and other installations, Within My Walls and Beyond pays tribute to the lives of East Berliners before and after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and the people of Transnistria who still live in a post-Soviet frozen conflict zone between Moldova and Ukraine. 


It is a testimony of 3 generations showing their perspectives on the Berlin Wall from the point of view of a child, a parent, a grandmother and a teddy ​bear, Brummel​.



"The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying that it’s already begun,” Gorbachev said at an event marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, close to the city’s iconic Brandenburg Gate. Gorbachev called for trust to be restored through dialogue."

"Paying tribute to the East Berliners who pushed past border guards to flood through the Wall on Nov. 9, 1989 and commemorated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall," Obama said in a statement Friday that “as Russia’s actions against Ukraine remind us, we have more work to do to fully realize our shared vision of a Europe that is whole, free and at peace.” 


(Undine Groeger) Berliner Mauerfall Facing History Fall of the Berlin Wall The Aftermath of the Fall of the Iron Curtain Witnessing https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/2/within-my-walls-and-beyond-a-photo-exhibit-and-a-community-event-berlin25 Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Berlin 25! - A Community Event and a Photo Exhibition https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2014/10/berlin-25-a-community-event-and-photo-exhibit-within-my-walls-and-beyond














Join us to celebrate and commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall through a photo exhibition by Undine Groeger, "Within My Walls and Beyond," and a community event, "Berlin 25!," 7 - 9 November, 2014 at Le Pavillon Bleu in Les Grottes, Geneva (directly behind the Geneva train station, Cornavin).

Co-organized by Undine Groeger & Kieran Gopaul.

Featuring German musician and singer, Jenny Pillango.

Sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva.



Join us to celebrate and commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Sign up on Facebook for my photo exhibition and community event: Berlin 25!






(Undine Groeger) 25 Jahre Mauerfall Berlin 25! Berliner Mauerfall Dialogue on the theme of walls Fall of the Berlin Wall Temoignages The Aftermath of the Fall of the Iron Curtain https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2014/10/berlin-25-a-community-event-and-photo-exhibit-within-my-walls-and-beyond Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:00:00 GMT
First "Within Our Walls and Beyond" Expressive Arts Workshop https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/3/first-within-our-walls-and-beyond-expressive-arts-workshop

(Undine Groeger) Dialogue on the theme of walls Expressive Arts Workshop https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2015/3/first-within-our-walls-and-beyond-expressive-arts-workshop Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:30:00 GMT
The Creative Eye workshop with Eyes in Progress in Paris https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2014/6/the-creative-eye-workshop-with-the-american-photojournalist-david-burnett-in-paris  

Communism, beautiful curves and the emancipation of humanity

Oscar Niemeyer, French Communist Party Headquarter, Paris, France


Undine Groeger (en) from Eyes in Progress on Vimeo.


Filmed during the Eyes in Progress photography workshop The Creative Eye with the American photojournalist David Burnett.



I invite you to view my Portfolio




Special moments shared with fellow photographers and the American photojournalist David Burnett

The Eyes in Progress Crew© http://www.hatimkaghat.com

© http://www.hatimkaghat.com


Talking about Photography and Theater with David Burnett© www.robertogiangrande.com

© www.robertogiangrande.com

(Undine Groeger) David Burnett Emancipation of Humanity Eyes in Progress Oscar Niemeyer building Traces of Communism https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2014/6/the-creative-eye-workshop-with-the-american-photojournalist-david-burnett-in-paris Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:30:00 GMT
Sneak Preview of Documentary Film Project on Cultural Identity https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2014/6/documentary-on-a-tale-of-two-islands I am excited to be working with Kieran Gopaul on his documentary film and theatre project on cultural identity. 

Below you will find a spoken word performance by Kieran Gopaul, which includes photos from our first research trip to Mauritius.



(Undine Groeger) Cultural Identity Ireland Mauritius Migration National Identity Switzerland https://www.undinegroeger.photography/blog/2014/6/documentary-on-a-tale-of-two-islands Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:30:00 GMT