A project about the architecture of refugee accommodations in Germany.
Through architecture, a society is imparting its values. Even though Germany became known for its “welcome-culture”, consciously and unconsciously we create material and immaterial boundaries that make it more difficult for refugees to settle.
“ARRIVING” is a visual study about the architectural infrastructure of the accommodation for refugees provided by the German state. It explores which social and political structures are visualizing through the architecture of refugee accommodations and what impact architecture and urban planning in this field have on refugees and locals. Thereby, it is engaging with the question, to what extend architecture is affecting integration in Germany?
Malte Uchtmann (*1996 in Hamburg) is a photographer and visual artist based in Hanover, Germany. In his work, he uses photography as a medium to reflect the structures of our society and its influences on our lives. Besides his work on long-term socio-political projects, he is working on editorial and cooperate commissions. His work has been published in various magazines and newspapers and was exhibited at different locations including the TRIENNIAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY Hamburg and the LUMIX FESTIVAL for Young Visual Journalism. The book dummy to “ARRIVING” is shortlisted at the Kassel Dummy Award.
© text and pictures by Malte Uchtmann