March 13 – May 31, 2015
FORUM 035: Göran Gnaudschun – Alexanderplatz

Potsdam-based photographer Göran Gnaudschun has photographed the young runaways, waifs and strays, homeless people, punks and attention-seekers of Berlin’s Alexanderplatz square since 2010. Many can tell stories of lengthy prison sentences, drugs and serious drinking. They do not fit into the fabric of conventional society – not the world of work or often even the social welfare system. Very few have actually been raised in Berlin and many have tried to put the greatest possible distance between themselves and the provinces. They want to be different, anonymous and experience the big, wide world without a cent to their names.

Some spend months at a time bumming around other big German cities, while others have wanted to move on and yet have remained stuck at ’Alexanderplatz’ square for years.

The kids amongst them grow up fast and the adults grow old before their time. Gnaudschun’s portraits of the denizens of this particular place invariably seek to unveil an intensity and dignity that should have been, to all intents and purposes, almost completely buried. He photographs situations steeped in symbolism, interviews the protagonists about their lives and writes about the photographer’s view of the Alexanderplatz, a veritably multi-layered phenomenon.

’My portraits are about regaining dignity. I want my images to uncover qualities often thought to be completely buried from sight: inner integrity, self-confidence and even beauty – beauty where you least expect to find it. ’Alexanderplatz’ isn’t just a place, it’s a condition, a condition that is not readily apparent to the casual passer-by. Passers-by often do not appreciate that each face conceals an individual fate becausewhen there is a guy who is trying to bum some change off them, they simply do not look at him in the face.’

Biography

Göran Gnaudschun studied artistic photography under Professor Timm Rautert at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, where, between 2001 and 2003, he also completed a postgraduate course. Since 2004, Gnaudschun has taught photography at a number of higher education institutions in Germany, mostly recently, in 2014, at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Göran Gnaudschun’s photographic work ‘Alexanderplatz’ has already been shown in Dresden, Cologne and Berlin. This solo exhibition at the Münchner Stadtmuseum will be the first opportunity in southern Germany to see the series.

’Alexanderplatz’ is a monograph published by Verlag Fotohof edition, Salzburg, in 2014. It will be available from the museum ticket office throughout the exhibition.