Hin­ter Fas­sa­den (2016 – 2019)

Built in the early 1970s the “Iduna-Zen­trum” is made up of 18 floors and 407 apart­ments of rein­forced con­crete. Back then the apart­ments of the hou­sing block in the Ger­man uni­ver­sity city of Göt­tin­gen were con­side­red chic, a good loca­tion. Lawy­ers, uni­ver­sity staff and young fami­lies lived in these luxury apart­ments. The site was attrac­tive, right bet­ween uni­ver­sity cam­pus and city centre, equip­ped with swim­ming pool and sauna. Over the years, the buil­ding has fal­len into dis­re­pair and today is seen by many as an “eye­sore” and “depri­ved area”. The pres­ti­gious apart­ments of high ear­ners became the new home for mar­gi­na­li­zed groups. Most of the nume­rous hou­sing blocks in Ger­many have sha­red the same fate.

My photo-essay deals with the ever­y­day lives, envi­ron­ments and emo­tio­nal worlds of people who cur­rently live in the resi­den­tial com­plex. I built per­so­nal rela­ti­ons­hips with drug addicts, wel­fare reci­pi­ents, refu­gees as well as stu­dents and poverty-stri­cken old age pen­sio­ners for 2,5 years to under­stand what makes their life in this for­merly pres­ti­gious buil­ding. The­re­fore I moved into the hou­sing block mys­elf and stayed for five months. With my long-term pro­ject I want to tell about rea­li­ties of life that do not only exist in the “depri­ved areas” of lar­ger cities but also right in the middle of smal­ler wealthy Ger­man towns.