Jörg Brüggemann – Autobahn

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The highway: An asphalt carpet that stretches over 13,000 km across Germany, encroaching on the landscape and at the same time connecting the country. Jörg Brüggemann photographed her from 2014 to 2019 – for 5 years. The current mobility concepts are currently in constant change and discussion. The highway's basic form has remained largely unchanged for decades. For how much longer? Brüggemann's pictures could soon be read historically. The motorway is probably the most monumental German building and part of our cultural identity and history. Conceived and construction begun in the 1920s (not just during National Socialism), Kraftwerk created a musical monument to it in 1974. It stands for the unconditional belief in the future of the post-war period, German engineering, travel and racing without speed limits, but also for traffic jams, queues of trucks and mass accidents. Jörg Brüggemann shares his fascination and doubts through his pictures - they ask questions about the present and future of mobility. How sensible, how sustainable is a gigantic infrastructure where unlimited growth and individual freedom on the one hand and ecology and the common good on the other meet in visible contradiction every day?
Jörg Brüggemann is a photographer, lecturer and curator from Berlin, a member of the OSTKREUZ agency since 2009, where he has also worked as managing director and lecturer since 2019. He works for ZEIT Magazine, GEO, Monocle, among others, and has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships in the past.

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