In 2018, Germany was home to more than a million refugees. These people were first housed at initial registration facilities throughout the federal states; later, they lived in communal accommodations run by the municipalities. High rents, particularly in large cities, often make it impossible for them to move out. Therefore, many recognised asylum seekers are still living in the communal accommodations, which are meant to be temporary. Limited access to social infrastructure and a lack of private space limit their lifestyles. The refugees often experience their many years of living in this type of housing as a time of no prospects and great insecurity. For many, it leads to social isolation. With his photographs, Malte Uchtmann examines the shared accommodations made available by the state. He shows social structures that can be visualised in the architecture of the refugee housing and describes their effect on refugees and locals alike.
*1996 in Hamburg, Germany
Malte Uchtmann studied architecture in Berlin before taking up Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts in 2016. His project ARRIVING was nominated for the 2019 Felix Schoeller Photo Award and was shown at the Horizonte Zingst Photo Festival as well as the Chobi Mela Festival in Bangladesh. Uchtmann’s photographs have appeared in DIE ZEIT, Uni SPIEGEL, SPIEGEL Online and other publications.