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The interview with Anna-Lena Krause and the toilets of Berlin’s clubs (NSFW)

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Anna-Lena Krause is born and based in Berlin. Currently, she studies Photography B.A. at Berlin University of Art and Design. In her work, she explores identity and the connection between people, questioning how much distance we decide to keep.

Our editor Matteo went talking with her about ‘The Flesh’, her photographic project documenting what can happen in the toilets of Berlin’s clubs.

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Hi Anna-Lena, what does your project mean to you?

I started ‘The Flesh’ when I was 18, so it’s pretty much my first really thought through series. Before I was more into photographing the moment, which I still am. I just realised, that sometimes it is necessary to work in a series. So in that regard, ‘The Flesh’ taught me a lot, on how I wanna work und what my photography is about.

How many clubs have you visited during your series?

I really don’t know, to be honest. This whole series was a process, it still is. At the beginning I only went out to photograph, meaning I went by myself and just watched people until I found someone who inspired me. The series is not finished and keeps growing, as like the clubs I photograph in.

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What’s the Berliner club you like the most and why?

There are many nice clubs in Berlin, you can make any party good if you are with the right people.

How much love do you see in your series?

I see a lot of trust in my series, essentially it deals with trust. It is a very fragile situation when you go to the toilet with a stranger – from both sides. I didn’t know them and they didn’t know me. I told them they can undress as far as they wanted, I left it to them and also I asked them if they wanted to show their faces, and they trusted me that I would protect their comfort zones. For me that is what portrait photography is about, it’s about how we connect with others and how much distance we decide to leave.

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It’s known that everything happens in Berlin toilets. What did fascinate you in the intimacy (or people sharing the same toilets together) of Berlin bathrooms in order to shoot your photographs?

I like to give myself borders in which I work in for my series, like a certain place. And I am very fascinated by nonplaces, so the toilet felt like the right place.  Especially because it is intimate and private, but also it allows you to be close from a distance.

How did you manage to enter Berlin clubs with your camera?

I shot the whole series with a disposable camera. Which is rather small and easy to hide. But if you don’t go to Berghain, it’s actually not such a big deal to take your camera into a club in Berlin.

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Do you have a new project in mind that you’re thinking to shoot soon?

Currently, I am working on my project ‘The Aftermaths’, simply showing friends from a more modest and respectful perspective after they have been clubbing but when also they are in a more vulnerable state of being. They themselves are remarkable individuals, therefore my portraits are quiet. In a sense, I am documenting what I know but within that are questions.

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30 September 2016
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