377. Inside India's Queer Community (2019-2021)
Portraits I took during our trip through India, in December 2019 together with the photographer Gina Bolle, and the journalists Maria Chrstoph and Stefanie Witterauf. The result is our photo book project 377. Inside India's Queer Community.
How do people live in a country that for over a hundred years has legally forbidden them to be themselves, to love who they want, to dress how they want?
We travelled to India to meet people from the LGBTIQ community, to get to know them and to listen to them.
Find out more about the project and about our protagonists on the website.
Cover photo: Gina Bolle | Editorial Design: Studio Substance, Quirin Vodermayer
Queer Artists Munich (work title, 2021 - ongoing)
The Corona crisis changed the lives of queer people in a specific way. Safe spaces have been closed, events like Pride Walks have been cancelled - the visibility gained in recent years suffers a lot, while homophobia is on the rise again. It is now more important than ever to keep the pulse of queer communities alive.
I want to do my part by making portraits of queer creatives in Munich who change the way queer art is seen and improve our society. Queer people, especially artists, deal a lot with their own identity and reflect the current state of the society they live in.
In the first part of my project, I would like to get an overview of the queer artist scene in Munich. To get to know different people, talk to them about topics like their relationship to the city, the pandemic and being queer, and to portray them.
In the second part, I am planning an event during the next CSD 2022, where both my results will be exhibited and the portrayed people will get the chance to present their work. With this project I want to bring people together.
Yassamin-Sophia Boussaoud, Nina Bachmann, Kamill Lippa, Patrice Grießmeier, Alfonso Fernandez Sanchez
*This project is a work in progress and will be updated regularly, you'll find all the results here:
Mixed Portraits (2020-2021)
This is a selection of various portraits I took in the last two years: Bambi Mercury, Sandra Singh, Felix Reitberger, Philipp Z., Alicia, Kamill Lippa, Fabian S., Chay
Rainbow Refugees (Stories) (2019)
Edward was helping queer teenagers to get away from the streets in Uganda. He build a safe place for persecutees. He started with one room, but soon rented a whole house. It’s those people finding him, who are cast out of their families and society. He offered them a place to sleep, a friendly ear, a meal and security. But the Safe House Project put him himself in danger.⠀
We talked with LGBTI-refugees about their personal stories. This one is the story of Edward.
You can read the full story and many more on the website
Find out more about the project Rainbow Refugees (Stories) here
Editorial Design: Studio Substance, Quirin Vodermayer
Eine Jugend in Deutschland (2020)
Commissioned by the Münchner Kammerspiele to photograph the final rehearsals of the play Eine Jugend in Deutschland, a work for actors and puppets based on the novel by Ernst Toller. Some scenes may differ from the final play. The director is Jan-Christoph Gockel. Viola Hasselberg is the leading dramaturg.
Ralph Kinkel (2021)
Portraits of the german actor Ralph Kinkel in June 2021. Ralph is playing the lead role in the sitcom "the drag and us", which was released this autumn.
Hair and Make-up: Jay Miniano
Pferde und Flammen (2022)
Press photographs and album cover for the german newcomer band "Die Kerzen" in January 2022. Their music revolves around Dream-Pop, Blue Eyed Soul and New Romantic. Hair and Makeup by Jay Miniano.
Queer seniors tell their stories (2020)
On assignment together with Maria Christoph for VICE Germany. We met three queer seniors and talked with them about their coming out, about their life as a queer person while homosexuality was still forbidden by law until 1994.
You can read the whole article here (german)
Rolf Benz (2020)
On commission for Rolf Benz in my hometown Nagold to document the path of a completed sofa for their training materials.
Janisha Jones (2019)
Drag is en vogue and becomes mainstream at the same time. The public is interested and allows more and more artists to show their skills. Furthermore, the related gay community is gaining more visibilty. I am interested in people who contribute to this.
Jan and his friends are living in Munich and work as a drag queens for various clubs and bars. As Janisha Jones Jan also took part in the TV show „Queen of Drags“ in 2019. The German equivalent of Rupaul‘s Drag Race. Thanks to her and her friends Pasta Parisa and Luna Jones there is a drag scene in Munich. With their work they’re supporters of LGBT* while reducing prejudice.
Covid Theatre (2020)
On assignment for Münchner Kammerspiele to document the event Schaufenster to go, when the pandemic made it impossible to go to the theatre
Megna's birthday Party (2019)
Megna and her friends are trans women with Pakistani heritage. Some of them have fled to Europe to have a safer life here. At parties like these, they come together from all different European regions. The focus is on the community, there is a lot of dancing and the women go through various rituals. I had the opportunity to participate on two days.