following the symposium
Speakers at the opening
Dietmar Steiner, director of the Az W
Wilfried Dechau, photographer
This photographic report, completed in Spring 2008, on mosques in Germany does not show standard architecture photography with its aesthetically loaded atmosphere but a purely documentary approach to illustrating the people in the mosques and the surrounding urban context. The photographer Wilfried Dechau provides us with an insight into spaces that usually remain closed to us: the spectrum of eight mosques shown ranges from the disused car repair shop in Karlsruhe to the bold new building in Penzberg that symbolise a history of decades of immigration. The openness and candidness of the people shown in the camera of Wilfried Dechau lends the photographs their particular appeal. The exhibition is supplemented by models and plans of mosques completed recently.
Symposium + panel discussion
Mosques Today. The brief, and socio-political responsibility
ends: ca. 9pm, followed by the opening of the exhibition