Gasteig Sendling – Photo Art in Episodes (1)

Gasteig Sendling – Photo Art in Episodes (1) Jacqueline Tebcharani, passionate photographer who lives next door to the Gasteig Sendling site Gérard Pleynet

They arrived even before the first excavator: several amateur photographers who have been documenting the Sendling site ever since construction work began there. They are participants in a long-term photographic project of the Münchner Volkshochschule community college. In a public exhibition consisting of several episodes, we will present a selection of their photographs to date.

Jacqueline Tebcharani has attended the photo course »Interim – der Gasteig kommt nach Sendling« (the Gasteig is coming to Sendling) since spring 2019. Offered by the Münchner Volkshochschule, this special course is perfect for her: Besides her enthusiasm for photography, the works council member has been living next door to the site on which »Gasteig Sendling« is now being built for more than 25 years. As such, she is intimately familiar with the surrounding area, with its public utility training centre, the various craftsmen and artists’ workshops, and the impressive listed »Hall E«. Clearly visible from afar, the four towers of the Heizkraftwerk Süd heat and power plant provide a striking backdrop and a navigation landmark for visitors and residents alike.

Jacqueline Tebcharani never imagined that the site would one day undergo such a rapid and far-reaching transformation. In her photographs, she has found a way of capturing the ephemeral, preserving it for both herself and others. A particular point of interest for Tebcharani are the striking and diverse windows of the old buildings, to which she dedicates an entire series of photographs.

»Through my camera’s viewfinder, I look as through a window: I look in and I look out; there is an in front and a behind, an outside and an inside. I encounter transparency or opacity. My window can be protection and boundary, or it can become a showcase.«

The project »Interim – der Gasteig kommt nach Sendling« is a special cooperation between the Münchner Volkshochschule and Gasteig München GmbH on the occasion of the relocation of the Gasteig to Sendling in 2021. The »Photography & Video/Film« faculty of the Münchner Volkshochschule has developed this course in close cooperation with the photographer and lecturer Gérard Pleynet. »I have a very close affinity to the Gasteig. For me, it is a place of art and intellectual life, and I also work here. That’s why I am interested in documenting changes in time and space throughout its relocation and the renovation work,« emphasizes Pleynet, who supervises the interim project with unparalleled dedication and but aims to create a photographic record of the Gasteig’s renovation.

Under his supervision, several photographers have been documenting the changes in the Gasteig’s interim quarters from as early as March 2019 – always with an artist’s eye on the construction work. Like Jacqueline Tebcharani, all course participants have developed their own concepts, perspectives and artistic ideas.

Episode 2 – Andreas Weimann
Episode 3 – Kathrin Bild
Episode 4 – Helmut Wegmeth
Episode 5 – Maximilian Allwein

Text by Maria Zimmerer
Photos: Jacqueline Tebcharani (picture gallery), Gérard Pleynet (portrait/title motif)

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