Gasteig Sendling – Photo Art in Episodes (7)

Gasteig Sendling – Photo Art in Episodes (7) Landscape architect Emily Hoyos photographs plants on the construction 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.

Emily Hoyos creates green paradises from dreary surfaces: Designing and planting gardens, roofs and terraces, the independent landscape architect creates lively places ranging from ascetic to sumptuous in which people like to linger. It was also her intensive study of nature and landscape that gave rise to her enthusiasm for photography. A hobby photographer, Hoyos attended several courses at the Münchner Volkshochschule adult education centre to deepen her photography knowledge and skills. These also led her to the construction site of the Gasteig’s Sendling interim quarter in 2019, where she focussed on plants in the widest sense.

»I’m taking part in the Gasteig relocation photography project of the Volkshochschule to experience the development of a location undergoing change and to find my own way of expressing this change in my photographs. What interests me is this: How do plants survive in this inhospitable area that is the Gasteig construction site?«

Even before the building work begins, Emily Hoyos is searching for traces of plants on the Sendlingen site, creating close-ups and still lifes before the miniature biotopes must give way to diggers and machines. But even during the demolition work, the landscape architect and amateur photographer still finds fitting subjects, by expanding her perception and embarking on a new search – for structures reminiscent of plants. In these photos, Emily Hoyos interprets lifeless and abstract building materials as plant-like structures. Growth continues at Gasteig Sendling …

(Click the images in the gallery to view them in full size.)

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 Emily Hoyos, all course participants have developed their own concepts, perspectives and artistic ideas.

Episode 1 – Jacqueline Tebcharani
Episode 2 – Andreas Weimann
Episode 3 – Kathrin Bild
Episode 4 – Helmut Wegmeth
Episode 5 – Maximilian Allwein
Episode 6 – Thomas Zimmermann

Text: Maria Zimmerer
Photos: Emily Hoyos (picture gallery), Gérard Pleynet (portrait/title motif)

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