"In 2014 I spent several months studying abroad in Jordan. During that time, I ventured into far off and distant corners of this beautiful country by hitchhiking or traveling on foot; sometimes in the company of others, but mainly on my own. I encountered all kinds of people during my days
on the road, igniting my curiosity for their distinctive ways of life. Inspired by this experience, I decided to search for an alternative way back home to my native land, Germany. At the beginning of a long summer, I hitchhiked across nine countries in eighty-two days, archiving changing landscapes and faces along the way. I experienced first-hand how nature in its splendour gradually evolved from sand-coloured stone deserts in the Middle East, to deep green valleys in the heart of Europe. The land changed alongside the features and mentalities of its inhabitants, sometimes gradually, but other times surprisingly fast. I connected with many individuals whose paths crossed mine, some for a fleeting moment, and others for days. These photos and stories document my journey home, recorded on 17 rolls of photographic film and written in a journal I always carried with me in my backpack."
eighty-two days on the road
The Entrance to a Wadi near the Dead Sea Highway 65, Jordan
Yehezkel Ben-Ezra in Haifa, Israel
Jum’an the Camel Herder in Madaba, Jordan
Adi takes a bath in the Hills near Jerusalem, Israel
Israeli West Bank Wall along the Green Line in Bethlehem
Carmel & Dan‘s Jewish Wedding at Mount Carmel, Israel
The Cypriot Actor Giorgos Zenios in Kato Pyrgos, Cyprus
Muna, Layla & Subhi harvest Spring Onions in Madaba, Jordan
Party Seven Days A Week on the Beach in Larnaca, Cyprus
Lonuț in Bucharest, Romania
Mahmoud in Esche, Jordan
Hangover Day on Costinela’s Balcony in Bucharest, Romania (top)
Young Couple on a Timber Truck heading South, Bulgaria (bottom)
Liddy in her Apartment in Sofia, Bulgaria (above)
Momo & Marina in the Woods near Varna, Bulgaria (right)
George in Roșia de Secaș, Romania
Osman in Istanbul, Turkey
Jumping from the Galata Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey
Reading the Newspaper in Bucharest, Romania
Chasm of Heaven and Hell in Mersin, Turkey
Tanti Mița in Săcădat, Romania
Salt Lake Tuz Gölü, Turkey
Lisa and her dog Balu in Regensburg, Germany (top)
Street Scene in Vienna, Austria (bottom)
Arrival at Home in Nümbrecht, Germany (below)
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VIKTOR HÜBNER'S artistic practice stems from a deep natural curiosity for other human beings and their fate. He explores themes of community, displacement, ideology, and socio-political tensions using photography, audio-recordings, and written accounts. He believes in the importance of contributing fractions of the present narrative to create a perspective of time; lending awareness to the complexity of identity, society and contemporary issues.
Hübner received a Bachelor of Arts in visual communication at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz in 2016, and a Master of Fine Arts in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2019. Hübner was awarded with the internationally renowned Fulbright scholarship for representing German culture in the USA for the mutual and cultural understanding of both countries. He is also the recipient of a Rosanne Somerson scholarship and a RISD Fellowship, among other awards. Viktor Hübner currently lives and works in Nümbrecht, Germany. WEBSITE. INSTAGRAM. LINKEDIN.
(Image Credits; Titles as captioned above, all copyright of Viktor Hübner 2021, reproduced by kind permission of the artist.)