Project Detail: Glaube, Sitte, Heimat


Emerging photographers 2018




Arne Piepke



Project Info

Glaube, Sitte, Heimat

Glaube, Sitte, Heimat (Engl.: Faith, Custom, Home)

The origin of the marksmen´s clubs goes back to the civil defense in the Middle Ages. Their motto „For Faith, Custom and Home“ is still written on their flags today. Every year they hold the „Schützenfest“, an annual festival, which lasts three days and consists of a shooting competition, the proclamation of the new king and marches through the village. Besides a few exceptions, most of the clubs and brotherhoods have strict rules, do not allow women as members and represent conservative christian values. The small villages in Germany have a strong community and deep attachment to their home which is mainly shaped by cultivating this tradition through their regional customs.

Growing up in a small village and visiting the marksmen’s festivals from childhood on has led Arne to reflect on his personal experiences with this tradition. In 2015, he began working on his photo-essay in order to examine the contemporary exercise of the tradition and how it contributes to the local identity.