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The Münchner Stadtmuseum shows ‘FORUM 042: Alessandra Schellnegger – Insights. Getting Behind the Walls of the BND in Pullach’. Up until 16 July 2017.

Alessandra Schellnegger‘s collection of photos provides the prologue to the ‘No secrets! – Images of Surveillance’ exhibition. It offers insights into the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) facility at Pullach shortly before its move to Berlin.

It came as a real stroke of luck when, after a long wait, Munich photographer Alessandra Schellnegger finally gained access to the BND’s Pullach facility in 2013 to do some work for the ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’. For the BND to let someone take a look behind the scenes like this was quite unprecedented. It was only because the organization was planning to move its headquarters from Pullach to the German capital that she got the chance to give the public a brief glimpse inside the workplace of the nation’s intelligence officers. Schellnegger’s photo series shows seemingly abandoned buildings and the facility’s architecture that give the curious impression of belonging to a bygone age.

Schellnegger (b. 1974) has a keen eye for absurdity, and has created photographic records that not only reveal the historical inconsistencies and continuities that lie behind these events but also tell us something about how a Western power saw itself in the 20th century. In 2015 her work was a winning entry in the Frankfurter Kunstverein’s Eagle-Eye Photo Contest.

Please find more information at Münchner Stadtmuseum

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