Anna Sophia Messner
A Suitcase as Photo Archive
Abstract The chapter examines a suitcase as photo archive whose physical map(ping) constructs an autobiographical memory that informs us about its history as well as of the larger historical context. The unfolding of the layers of photographs provides fragmentary insights into the life and work of the forgotten photographer Alice Hausdorff who escaped Nazi-Germany and went into exile in Palestine / Israel. Furthermore, they construct an aesthetic, iconographic, social, and historic matrix, presenting a previously missing female perspective on the cultural sphere of the Weimar Republic and the Zionist nation-building process in Palestine / Israel which will be inscribed into the canon of photography studies.
Keywords Photography, Archive, Memory, Cultural Transfer, Gender