Hamburg is one of the most famous port cities in the world. I am very fascinated by this city and have often included it in my photographic projects.
My visit to the emigrant museum BallinStadt located in Veddel, a district of Hamburg, was of special interest to me because I had left Germany twice with my family and lived outside of my home country most of my life. Veddel is a district were many foreigners, students, and unemployed people live. Therefore it is one of the poorer parts of the city of Hamburg. When I see people from the Middle East or Africa walking around in Veddel, I often ask myself how they cope with their lives here in a foreign country, and whether they have found in their new home what they were looking for. BallinStadt was opened in 2007 and is therefore a rather new museum. One reason to build BallinStadt in Veddel was to make this district of Hamburg more attractive to visitors and residents. The neighborhood does not feel like a community but rather like people living side by side. However, in my mind, each individual is coping with their situation differently and has built a living of their own.
Thus I asked myself, how do people cope with such situations as living in a foreign country, or even in their homeland where they may never really have felt at home?
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