Bodenruhe (ground calm) is a term from the agricultural and geosciences and describes the phase in which the soil is not exposed to any cultivation. It is of great importance for the development of high soil productivity and nutrient density.
The area, which housed the Leipzig District Administration of the former GDR's State Security for forty years, looks back on a long and troublesome history. During the Monday demonstrations, the area was a central gathering point and scene of many rallies and protests. On December 4th, 1989 the Stasi building was occupied by the demonstrators and in August of the following year it was converted into a permanent Stasi museum.
In addition to the museum, the large building complex now houses the Leipzig branch of the Stasi records authority, a school museum, a dance club and a bicycle workshop. Large parts of the architecture remained untouched.
Numerous projects for redevelopment and conversion of the site are currently being planned and discussed. They may become a reality by 2030.
Kolja Kärtner Sainz (Leipzig, Germany) studied photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig.
He puts his interest around how our perception of space changes. His aim is to show places with a long and difficult history, and how can be transformed through buildings or plantlife.
His project ‘Bodenruhe’ has been shown on HGB Leipzig website as part of a group show: ‘Schauplatz’. A seminar focused on photography and the history of Leipzig. Access to the online exhibition