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Eva Siao – My China, Photographs from the 1950s

Exhibition in Confucius Institute at Freie Universität

№ 292/2018 from Oct 29, 2018

The Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin is presenting an exhibition of historical photographs by photographer Eva Siao. The exhibition will be opened on October 31, 2018, at 6:15 pm with an introduction by the director of the Confucius Institute, Dagmar Yu-Dembski. She will talk about the significance of the photographs as an important contemporary witness of the new China. In addition, Eva Siao’s granddaughter Erika Siao will describe her memories and personal impressions of her grandmother’s life. The vernissage is public, admission free, and registration is not required. The exhibition will be on display in the Confucius Institute until January 10, 2019, and can be visited during opening hours. On November 8 at 6:15 pm. the Confucius Institute will also be showing the documentary “My Dream, My Love, My Hope. Memoirs of Eva Siao” by Martina Fluck. The director plans to attend and give an introduction of the film and be available for a subsequent discussion. The screening is public and free of charge; registration is not required.

Eva Siao, who was born in 1911 in Wroclaw (Breslau), was the daughter of Jewish physicians. She left Germany in the 1930s and in Moscow met her future husband, the Chinese poet Emi Siao. During World War II she lived with him in Yan’an, at that time the center of the Chinese Communist Party. After the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949, they moved to Beijing. During this time Eva Siao, a trained photographer, took the photographs that made her an important witness to China’s developments in the 1950s. The images allow viewers to participate in life in China during this period. She describes her exciting life journey between Moscow, Yan’an, and Beijing in her autobiography China – mein Traum, mein Leben.

Time and Location

  • Vernissage: Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 6:15 p.m.
  • Film screening: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6:15 p.m.
  • Exhibition: November 1, 2018 to January 10, 2019
  • Opening hours: Monday through Thursday, 2 to 6 p.m.
  • Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin, Goßlerstraße 2-4, 14195 Berlin (S-Bahnhof Lichterfelde-West (S1), Bus M48)

Further Information


Sören Vogler, Confucius Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-72881, Email: info@konfuziusinstitut-berlin.de