Dangerous object: Eisenbahnstraße
Our newspaper “Dangerous Object: Eisenbahnstraße” is a documentary and side-taking investigation of the situation in the area around Eisenbahnstraße in the east of Leipzig, where a weapons ban zone was introduced in 2018. Currently, we want to publish a 2nd edition of the newspaper, since important voices from the neighbourhood and certain aspects in the discourse are still missing. The new issue will again be for free and thus accessible to all, independent of income.
What is this project all about?
Since November 2018, the situation in the area around Eisenbahnstraße in the east of Leipzig has “finally been defused” – according to the BILD newspaper. This is where the first weapons ban zone in Saxony was established. Even before this, the police were allowed to carry out random controls in this “dangerous place”. Prohibition signs have now been erected around the area and there is a fine of up to 10.000€ for carrying weapons, as well as up to 1.000€ for carrying “dangerous objects”.
But the Eisenbahnstraße is also a dangerous object for any journalistic, documentary, artistic investigation. It seems impossible to take and show pictures with an unbiased view. The images are too much cemented in our minds, since Eisenbahnstraße has been in the headlines for years as a result of brawls, shootings, drug trafficking, knife attacks. Often, these acts are diffusely attributed to non-German or People of Colour.
In August 2019, we published the photo newspaper “Dangerous Object: Eisenbahnstraße”, in which we counter the stigma of “the worst street in Germany” (ProSieben) with a differentiated critical picture. For this purpose, we held long conversations with residents, used video stills from relevant TV documentaries and our own bodycam recordings and photographed special places in the neighbourhood with a large-format camera. Thereby, we want to complement the image of the neighbourhood and counter those media reports and portrayals by the police with voices from the neighbourhood.
Now we want to publish a second edition – with your help. It will include further conversations with residents: We want to ask if they feel safe in the neighbourhood, how the weapons ban zone affects their everyday life and what they would like to see in in general for the life together in the neighbourhood.
In the new issue, we particularly want to give priority to the links between so-called dangerous places and displacement. To this end, we will do more research on the experiences with such processes in other cities, bring them up in our conversations and use the large-format camera to shift our focus to those places where these links have already become apparent, such as on the last wastelands in the neighbourhood. We will also continue to use the body cam and social networks to search for images that shed light on these links.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
We want to add a differentiated picture to the “single story” (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) of the Eisenbahnstraße. We want to counter the portrayals of certain media, political parties and the police with voices of the local residents and thus break with the stigma of the “dangerous place” that is attributed to the neighbourhood. We do not ignore the fact that there are real problems in the area – on the contrary – but we think that neither the weapons ban zone, nor the racist police controls nor the media bashing of the whole neighbourhood really contribute to solving the problem. Therefore, one of our aims is to achieve or at least initiate a change in thinking among those responsible.
We reach out to all those who are interested in a critical and differentiated press, in voices from the neighbourhood. This does not only concern residents of the adjacent residential areas of Eisenbahnstraße, but also all people who want to live in a freer Leipzig. This goes to all those who have problems with these kind of political measures, who meet the the police actions in the Schanzenviertel in Hamburg on G20, in the Hambacher Forst, in the Berlin “danger zones” at Görlitzer Park and Kottbusser Tor with suspicion, or who are interested in the perspectives of those whose everyday life takes place in such areas.
Order the newspaper
Issue #1: buy it directly for 6€ fixed prize:
– Buchhandlung El Libro, Leipzig-Connewitz
Issue #1 & Issue #2: (pre)order online for a Free Prize
Dangerous subject: Eisenbahnstraße #1Suggested Price: 6,00 €
incl. 5% VAT
Dangerous object: Eisenbahnstraße #2Suggested Price: 6,00 €
incl. 5% VAT
Hand print on baryta paper
Choose one of five large-format photographs. We will enlarge these ourselves in our specialist laboratory to 40x50cm with a white border. The print is hand-signed and limited to an edition of 3 pieces per photograph.
Contact us if you’re interested.
Reading from issue #1
We read a selection of inspiring passages out of the five long conversations in the first issue of the newspaper. Then we want to discuss with you: Which problems do you see in the neighborhood? Which experiences did you make with controls in the no-weapons zone? Why is so little happening against the no-weapons zone? What has to change so that everyone can feel safe in the neighborhood?
»Thursday, January 23rd, 2020, 6 – 9 p.m.
Pöge-Haus, Hedwigstrasse 20, Leipzig
» Friday 14th February 8 p.m.
adi, Georg-Schwarz-Str. 19, Leipzig-Lindenau
» Wednesday 19th February 7 p.m.
el libro, Bornaische Str. 3d, Leipzig-Connewitz