48h Neukölln Art Festival


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Kein Mensch ist aus Asphalt


“My pregnant mother drank me into disability. My father beat me half to death.”

Bodo is the good soul of the Warmer Otto, a facility for the homeless. He volunteers more than 40 hours a week. He was denied a chance in life from the start.


"Gambling is worse than heroin. You don't even need the drug, it just clicks."

Hannes has been addicted to gambling since he was 9 years old. Today the only thing the musician drums on is an ATM. After losing everything, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. To this day he suffers from depression.


“If we still had a wall, I’d be a rich man today.”

Klaus has been living on the streets for over 20 years and longs to feel as though the state requires him once more - to be challenged. He is the self-proclaimed "King of Gesundbrunnen" - the name of the station where he sleeps.

Kein Mensch ist aus Asphalt

Photo exhibition - 2018
Production: Aurelia Kanetzky, Nikolai Kotowski

Most of us can’t imagine ending up living on the street. These Berliners once thought the same. Through their strength and generosity, they granted us insight. How they are now and how they could have been – a photo exhibition that asks you to look twice and reconsider your biases.

The street doesn't smile. In Berlin alone there are more than 11,000 people fighting for survival in the shadows of our society.

In KEIN MENSCH IST AUS ASPHALT, homeless Berliners revealed all, moving from the streets to a studio and thus into a role that had long been denied, or perhaps never granted. With these photographs, they became people who believed they were immune to the asphalt. The photographs show how fleeting the transitions between two lives become, and that no human being is made of concrete.

As part of the 48 Hours Neukölln Art Festival, the life-size photographs were exhibited in the Neukölln Arcaden. Upon entering the shopping center, visitors were met with several glossy fashion shots of these individuals. It was only on their way out onto the streets that they were confronted with the reverse side and thus the reality. The stories of these people were displayed next to the photos to serve as reminders that we all have to do our part to ensure that the road does not become a dead end.

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