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Tamara Eckhardt

– Kluckstraße 3

 

 

 

Kluckstraße 3 At the beginning of the Corona crisis, many emergency shelters had to close due to the increased risk of infection. Since the beginning of April, a hostel in Kluckstraße, Berlin has served as a temporary home for 200 people whose existence was threatened by the pandemic. For a short time, they had a home. People from different areas of society all met there. Some had lost their job and their home due to the Corona crisis, some were released from prison early or were no longer able to return to their country due to the border closures. The hostel closed at the end of July, although the number of cases continued to rise.

Krystina had lived with her husband for almost 27 years in an apartment in Berlin. However, when he suddenly died at the beginning of this year, she had to leave her apartment and moved in with a friend who also passed away two weeks later. She then found accommodation in the hostel and has since been saving up for a train ticket to Warsaw. Apparently, she has an apartment there.

 

 

 

At the age of 16, Alimo came from Guinea to Germany alone in hopes of a better future. Since then he has had to wait for his pending work permit. He is now 32 years old. Alimo is registered in Magdeburg. A few years ago, he was threatened, then beaten by a neo-Nazi in Magdeburg. The incident left him in a coma for a few days. There has never been a prosecution. To this day he is traumatized and struggles with the physical and emotional consequences. He moved to Berlin and has been struggling to find permanent housing since.

 

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Vivi and Danny have been in an ever changing relationship for a long time. Vivi lived in Brandenburg, the federal state surrounding Berlin. She still has her apartment there but is too scared to go back, fearing threats she had received from former friends. Vivi also has a ten year old son who lives with his foster parents. Her plan was to regain custody of her child. Danny also became a father at a young age. He has three children but did not show a particular interest in seeing them. He had been living with his uncle in Berlin-Neukölln until his passing at the beginning of 2020. Before the hostel opened Vivi and Danny had lived in a tent, which they went back to when the hostel closed.

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In early 2020, Sarah ran off to Berlin with her new boyfriend, Till. At the time she was pregnant from her previous boyfriend. Sarah was still uncertain about her pregnancy when the photographs were taken. The relationship with Till did not last and he was banned from the hostel. The next day Sarah left the hostel in secrecy and was last seen at a Berlin train station.

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For over a year Alex had been living in Berlin. He came from Poland to look for work. Alex had already worked in many different European countries. He found himself a home in an abandoned boat. When the hostel closed, he decided to try to find a new boat that he could sleep in. This time he would not have to be alone as he planned to share it with friends he had made during the time at Kluckstraße.

Patzu from Bulgaria was a neo-Nazi for many years. When he arrived in Germany in 2010, he wanted to change his life. He deeply regrets the past and speaks loudly about it every day. He was dismissed from his workplace due to the lockdown at the beginning of the Corona crisis in March. As a result, he also lost the apartment provided by his employer. He shared a room with Alimo from Guinea and tried to hide his large swastika tattoo on his back from him. They became friends during the time in the hostel. But Alimo never found out about Patzu’s past.

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Alexander was in transit with his brother and never planned on staying in Berlin. His brother fell ill and had to stay in a hospital in Berlin. They had planned to travel to London and Amsterdam. During his brother’s recovery he stayed at the hostel. Some of the inhabitants speculated that Alexander was part of the Russian mafia. On a few occasions a large SUV had delivered ominous suitcases to him.

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Tamara Eckhardt, born in 1995 in Kirchzarten, Germany lives in Berlin and works as a portrait and documentary photographer. Since 2017, she has been studying at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin. Eckhardt’s photographic work mainly deals with marginalized social groups and minorities and she is particularly interested in people at the threshold of growing up. Eckhardt has been awarded and shortlisted for numerous awards such as the International Woman Photo Award and others.

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