Lichtenberg - PhMuseum

Lichtenberg

Kevin Fuchs

2018 - Ongoing

Lichtenberg, Berlin, Germany

Monotone, condensed, gray. This is how one imagines the East Berlin district, where the first large concrete housing estate of the GDR was built. But in the meantime much more is mixed up in Lichtenberg:

Wide streets, protected landscape areas, old building quarters, social housing, Stasi administration complexes, private homes and extensive industrial areas characterize the city part. It is home to older residents who can still tell of earlier times, but also large Russian and Vietnamese communities, as well as new residents who want to raise their children here and cannot find affordable rental space elsewhere. In this place, decades of urban planning, social and political developments converge in a strange way. Lichtenberg embodies the coexistence of today's urban society.

How do the buildings influence the coexistence in the city? What makes a good place to live? Moved by questions like these, the Swiss born photographer

Kevin Fuchs on a photographic search for traces in the Berlin district of Lichtenberg, where he moved in with his family in 2017. His new home is densely populated, becoming ever more crowded and diverse, but still remains opaque to him. Nearly 300,000 people live in an area that is growing rapidly and constantly changing, but where life is mainly private. With his camera, Fuchs takes a different look at every street corner, at every person. Photography creates the peace and quiet that is missing in everyday life, and Fuchs tries to decipher the oppressive views of the city. He documents his immediate surroundings, thereby revealing his personal mountain of light and juxtaposing landscapes and portraits that depict the character of living together on location.

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