'The only rule I set myself was to stay on this road.' The first line of the introduction to the self-published book Sonnenallee lay at the core of my exploration of a specific urban unit: the street. The photographs were taken along the Berlin street Sonnenallee revealing intersections between the public and private, the familiar and the unfamiliar, the city and nature. Personal accounts of people who were born in Berlin and live and work on Sonnenallee were recorded in conversations and added throughout the book addressing questions of multicultural identity. 

This series of staged photographs evolved from repeatedly walking; meeting people living and working on Sonnanellee. Conversations started along the street and became a longer engagement with a group of young people. Photographs of Sonnenallee are ruptured by portraits of Yehya, Jad and Eda taken in Königsheide, a forest at the end of the street. Having left behind the urban environment, the protagonists find themselves in a place associated with yearning and self-reflection. Associations of the forest as symbol of identity are layered with fragments of conversations that describe experiences of being marginalised, belonging and claiming one’s identity.

Thanks to Fatima, Yehya, Jad, Eda and Müjgan for sharing their time and perspectives with me.

Interview about Sonnenallee work (in german)  — Der Neuköllner

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