Letzte Generation Ost
“Letzte Generation Ost” is about my past. The project deals with the impact of the former GDR (German Democratic Republic) and its collapse on the last generation of GDR citizens. Representatives of the last generation of East Germany were born in the final years of the former GDR, their families corresponded to the propagandized principles, they received socialist education in their early years and lived in the typical tower blocks in Hagenow. Naturally, the border which separated East and West Germany till 1989 had an influence on the single lives and, since the collapse of the former GDR, much has changed.
This project is an approach to illustrate how the last generation of East Germany experienced the collapse of the GDR, what they noticed consciously and how they look back on this time today. The focused place in the photographic work is the housing area in Hagenow, in which I grew up with the protagonists. The combination of photographs, interviews and old maps create an impression of the memories and experiences of the last generation east. The final result is a personal documentation.
In 2005 Kristin Trüb finished high school and started an apprenticeship as a media designer at the German television station Westdeutscher Rundfunk, in Cologne. In order to focus on self-selected topics and the development of a personal visual language, she began her studies in photography at the Fachhochschule Dortmund, in 2010.
Kristin Trüb finished her bachelor degree with the book project “Letzte Generation Ost“, which has been nominated for the international Dummy Photobook Award 2015 and was published by Éditions Bessard, in autumn 2015. The Goethe Institute announced the book as one of the six most interesting photobook projects from young German artists in 2014/15.
Since 2015 she is working on her master project of photography and visual arts at the Fachhochschule Dortmund.
Kristin Trüb is interested in personal stories with a connection to historical happenings.