2021 — Bavaria, Germany
About this series
Sebastian Autenrieth documents the soulless monotony of Bavaria’s northern suburbs, often at night. In his series “Weitere Aussichten” (Additional Perspectives) he shines a light on the unspectacular, a suffocating, narrow-minded world of boxy buildings and symmetrical fences and garages that symbolize an inward-looking way of life. He does not have to go far to find this world — he himself lives on the outskirts of a Franconian city. The empty streets, devoid of life and covered in hard light, have an eery, desolate effect, forcing the viewer to search for meaning.
Architecture always tells something about a people. Over the decades, modern elements have been added to these suburban grids. The cast-iron Baroque entrance doors have been replaced by fake Bauhaus designs, and the pitched-roof houses of the 1980s by flat-roofed townhouses. Peer inside, and the inhabitants may be eating avocado dip instead of their traditional Bavarian meat salad, drowned in mayonnaise. But this is where the openness to the outside world ends. No one is talking about climate change or refugees here. Any traces of a cosmopolitan mindset end at the front gate.