In der Fremde: Pictures from Home is a haunting, cinematic survey of Berlin as seen through the lens of an eternal outsider. Framed by Alaeff’s complex familial background, spanning from Yemen to the former USSR, Poland, Lithuania, Germany, Israel/Palestine, and the United States, the photographs are tinged with a deep sense of longing and touch on themes of migration, belonging, and the universal search for home.

Essays by: Yuval Noah Harari, Christian Rattemeyer, Charles Simic, Eva Hoffman, Rory MacLean, Joseph Kertes, and Romeo Alaeff.

Publisher: Hatje Cantz
Editor: Nadine Barth
Partial Funding: Stiftung Kunstfonds

Year, 2021
28.5 x 26.5 x 2.24 cm / 11.2 x 10.43 x .88 in (hardcover)
180 pages
110 Illustrations
4/4 Color Process Offset Print (U/V Print)



Romeo Alaeff was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1970. Initially studying Biomedical Engineering, he received his BA in Photography from Tulane University in 1993 and his MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1996.

He has produced work in a range of media, including photography, film/video, drawing, and writing. His work has exhibited in group shows and film festivals internationally including: The Lyon Biennale, France; Artists Space, NYC; The International Print Center, NYC; The Dundee Contemporary Arts Center, Scotland; The Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC; The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; The Chelsea Art Museum, NYC; The NY Video Festival, Lincoln Center; the Kunsthall, Rotterdam; Witte de With, in conjunction w/ the International Film Festival, Rotterdam; the National Museum, Madrid; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona; The Dallas Museum of Art; and The Cartier Foundation, Paris.

In addition, Alaeff has been a guest artist, critic and teacher at the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, Pratt, Parsons, The University of Georgia and Georgia state University.

Alaeff is the author of the photobook, “In der Fremde: Pictures from Home” (Hatje Cantz, 2020) and “I’ll be Dead by the Time You Read This: The Existential Life of Animals”, a “humor/philosophy” book of drawings (Penguin/Plume, 2011). Alaeff is also the founder and Editor-in-chief of Lines & Marks, an online publication dedicated to the role and practice of drawing across the arts and sciences.

Romeo Alaeff currently lives in Berlin.

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