ONE YEAR CORONA PANDEMIC – THE POETRY OF URBAN SPACES
A MELANCHOLIC JOURNEY
Michael Nguyen roamed various cities in Bavaria during the Corona pandemic. A focus of his works since COVID-19 are urban landscapes as well as urban spaces in different cities. Urban spaces can all enrich a life between buildings. Sports facilities, parking lots, bus stops, children's playgrounds, sidewalks, bike racks, shopping mall forecourts, and more are all places where necessary, voluntary, and social outdoor activities are possible and offer the opportunity to grow social life in the city. Since Covid-19, social interaction in the Urban landscapes with their spaces has lain fallow. Michael Nguyen conveys this sensitively in his mostly "deserted pictures“. Nguyen enters the motifs of his urban landscapes with a great deal of empathy. He makes the city, urban landscapes and architecture visible and documents them for posterity. With his artistic documentary photography he refers to a reality that we all know, but interprets this reality with his images.
The Poetry of Urban Spaces by Michael Nguyen
by Thanh Tung
By the roadside # 614 Munich (Werksviertel)
The Werksviertel in Munich is a beloved alternative scene for local artists and innovators. The place is going under modernization and during Corona Crisis many old buildings are left demolished. But the creative community has made the best out of it. They make the destroyed place to be enjoyable and to make us think about our modern world.
Add fresh Nature
By the roadside # 192 - Munich (Mira Shopping Center)
Buildings alone often would be still cold and rigid. Luckily trees come to play, to add fresh nature to liveable urban spaces. The Mira shopping center opened in 2008 in the Munich district Nordhaide The West, North, and northern half of the Eastern facades, with a total coverage of 5,800 square meters, was made of colored lacquered metal panels which were placed on the walls to form prisms.
No life Between
By the roadside # 99 – Munich
Student district Olympic Village Munich: The Olympic Village was built as part of the XX Olympic Games in Munich in 1972. The Munich architects Günther Eckert and Werner Wirsing built a student dormitory, which was used by the organizing committee as an Olympic village for women during the Olympic Games. The bungalows are still used as a student dormitory today. But there is no life between the houses.
Empty Urban Space
By the roadside # 216 – Munich
The Goldschmiedplatz is a 2.31-hectare urban open space at the northern end of Schleißheimer Straße in Munich's Hasenbergl district. It was originally a combined bus and train stop and is now a multifunctional open space for leisure and residents' activities. It was named after the founding family Goldschmied from the 14th century. The place now is empty and looks death.
By the roadside # 67 - Wasserburg / Inn
Trees along streets and in parks shape the appearance of our cities. They contribute significantly to the well-being of the citizens in the city. The small tree in front of the red wall looks strong and gives people bit hope. It provides also variety and vitality in the streetscape.
The Hand That Built Another Germany
By the roadside # 307 Gauting
This eccentric golden hand statue is in front of a Nail/Cosmetics Studio owned by a Vietnamese immigrant. The immigrants, be it Vietnamese, Turk, Italian or else, are the ones who bring more colors to German modern culture as well as a greater dynamic force to the local economy. Many of our small service businesses will not survive in the Corona Pandemic.
By the roadside # 1155 Munich
An urban space enriches life between buildings. In a park, necessary, voluntary and social outdoor activities are possible and offer the possibility of a growing social life in the city. Corona conditioned and because of the winter cold, only a single man goes for a walk.
By the roadside # 1127 Munich
A Munich bus station at an university hospital during the Corona Lockdown in early December 2020 on a hazy winter day. The greened median strip allows the viewer to stray into an uncertain future. A single bus with its headlights on waits for passengers at the almost deserted station.
By the roadside # 523 Andechs
A security in protective clothing and mouth- nose mask on the premises of a refugee shelter in Andechs, Bavaria. He sits behind the fence in front of four clothes racks on which clothes are hanging to dry. The refugee shelter is sealed off after a Corona outbreak.
Safe During the Corona Lockdown
By the roadside # 826 Munich
A man has a large transparent glass dome above him, which is decorated inside for Christmas. He is walking through a shopping mall to the exit and waits on the sidewalk for new visitors or passers-by. People are amazed and mauset. Do they understand the message: "Protect yourselves from Corona"?
A lonely Sculpture
By the roadside # 1171 Weßling
A lonely sculpture at the frozen Lake Weßling during the Corona Lockdown in January 2021. Leisure activities and nature experiences play an important role for our everyday life as a balance. Nature in the urban environment is indispensable for the local recreation of people in urban areas. Many local governments close recreation areas to day trips by travelers from other regions as a Corona protection measure.