‘Students of Bonn’
Photography in dormitories and shared flats. For the sake of art and intercultural communication.
Ding – China China Studies
Find you pruner, maintain constant satisfaction and enjoy the self. You will reach your intrinsic peace. Ding practices Tai Chi early mornings on the lawn in front of the dorm.
Whatever you want, go get it! A multi cooker machine, an hourglass, or a Soda Maker for carbonated drinks. Once, he showed himself up holding a playboy calendar. By the end of every month, he flips it and stares at a new figure. He meditates and reads philosophy.
A big turtle sculpture in front of the door, a tortoise in a glass house, a rubber, turtle-shaped toys on the bookshelf and a fabric turtle medal. As we spent one hour talking about them, at the day of the photo session, I got to know a lot about turtles.
Arnold would give his T-shirt off his back or bake you a banana cake. He is a DJ with a fine collection of deep house and tropical Latin American music tracks.
Walls covered with graffiti of chants crowds used to shout on the streets of Tunisia and Cairo…Asma took part in the early days of the Arab Spring in 2011.
For the sake of change, she keeps her room in Bonn simple and minimalist. Asma is a journalist; a social media activist. She spends some of her time watching free YouTube documentaries. Her Facebook wall is an up-to-date interculture magazine. I used to pass by her page for recommendations of alternative music genres and songs.
Books, Hannah Arndt, politics, SPD, wine, pictures and posters of contemporary modern artists, painting, framing and interior design, Hip Hop music, fashion and second hand clothes, and dogs.
The tidiest room of the collection. Danielle is the environmental and sanitary mentor of the dormitory. One thing she does often is sitting on the bed, stare at the wall in front and do nothing. Danielle collects wine glasses from restaurants and bars she visits. Danielle likes wearing Flip-Flops.
Dominik is obsessed with Asia. After the conclusion of his bachelor in physics, he decided to master Asia studies in Bonn University. He and his girlfriend Melody, live in a little studio in Altstadt. The handmade reddish Bodhisattva bust is the most appreciable object in his room. It reminds him with the time he spent in the Tibetan temples. Good days full of impressive glorious art.
No argumentation, no arrangement, be naturalistic. Eleonora Antico is aptly named. She is the only student in the collection who studies history of art. Her most favorite object in the room is the pillow.
Furqan dismantled his two-pieces corner desk turning it into one piece to have more space, in which his prayer mat would fit.
Geek and sci-fi movie-addict. Tonight he watches the movie ‘One Day’.
“It is always very professional, when you improvise in such a way that helps you!”
Lie back indoor, Layback outdoor. In the room, Jacob lies on the bed eating pizza, listening to Goa music and watching down at the Earth on Nasa YouTube channel. In the bouldering hall, he uses Layback techniques to climb. It is astonishing how he easily shifts his mind and vegan-grown body from one condition to the opposite.
Jenny is a perfectionist. I remember I kept stretching the sheet for a while, so that no creases would appear on the photo. Jenny is a photographer and likes coloring books.
Meet Jierui Yong.
Randomly knock doors, when you need help. Yuan plays free-style street soccer. His precious moment is when he sets on the couch to watch a cartoon series at the end of a long day. He knocked doors of dorm-mates asking for participation in the project.
Looking up with wide-open eyes and big round smile, he instantly pointed at the Rice Cooker next to him and said “Der Reiskocher”, when I asked Jun about the most necessary object in the room. Jun spends time in there reading history of ancient empires.
Fine journalism and an eternal cup of coffee!
A professional ballroom dancer. Alina spends her leisure time on coloring and drawing.
Lilit is not there!
Share is Care! Lina bought the camera on her Online Shopping Account as mine was suspended. We share a Netflix account. She is a movie addict and a good pastry chef.
A special taste for dressing, an acute look at things and a walk wearing a stylish retro coat discovering vintage clothing boutiques hidden in small allies of the town.
A pianist living in a spacious open room often occupied by strangers, stuff and a roaming rat.
What max regularly does in his room cannot be revealed to the public. What he does not mind to reveal is that he practices neo-expressionism drawing. We agreed on meeting again in 20 days with the hope that he would color the drawing complete…
Hard to describe!
A caring mother plants kernels of walnut in the soil of a house garden in Ukraine so that I eat them in Bonn; Cheese, juicy grapes, salad, walnuts, and bread on a plate with a classical still-life painting; a royal delicate veggie supper on a round table. Taste of deliciousness and nutrition filled my mouth as I ate the tiny greasy walnuts. Setting and slightly staring with no words but a slumberous look in eyes, I talked to myself and thought about lucky times and ways, in which I kept meeting nice people granting me time and access to their personalities.
Patricia spends time in her room watching political talk shows and laughing beautifully.
The text below is the description of Ricardo in his own words (after rephrasing).
Avoid discrimination but enjoy insulting all equally. A media geek, a pseudo-hipster, a trendster, a stand-up and cringe comedian; with Threadless T-shirts. A podcast at some irregular times due to laziness. Ricardo’s bread and butter is mocking fun at people: men, women, black, white, Asian, fat, disabled, religious, gay, straight, fit and sporty people. His interests and hobbies range from writing and photography to hiking, camping and biology. Now, he is carving a log into what -he wishes- will be a bow of Legolas, one of ‘Lord of The Rings” characters. His carving tool is his belt’s buckle.
“The picture that you took with your camera is your imagination of reality”— Scott Lorenzo.
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This short video is an insider and a glimpse of lives inside rooms and private territories of students in dormitories and shared flats. It counts as a documentation of what went on behind the scenes.