Sometimes the Sky Above us is Open by Sarah Grethe
This work examines the concept of home. I accompanied my mother's return to the place where she grew up: a farm in southern Germany.
We searched for the past in the present. In the confrontation of an idealised view, tensions between familiarity and strangeness, constancy and change became visible. They demonstrate how home and origin can be both supportive and constricting. The title is a quote from a letter my mother sent to her parents in 1999. When she found it again, while doing research for this project, she couldn't believe what she had written. Narratives of a time that will never return like this emerged. How does home change for a person when they haven’t lived there for a long time? And when they return?