Photo exhibition "Feuerberg" in the Gasteig

From 26 April to 19 May 2019, photographer Tom Gonsior's large-format images show the unique landscape around a buried village on the Cape Verdean volcanic island of Fogo.

The Cape Verde island of Fogo, the island of fire, lies in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, west of the coast of Africa and is connected to one of the most active volcanoes on earth. In the centre of the original crater basin, called Chã das Caldeiras, lie the villages of Portela and Bangaeira - buried under a layer of lava since 2015. Previously, 1,700 people lived on an area nine kilometres in diameter.

The houses of the crater village were built of black volcanic rock. There was a primary school, a supermarket and a small vineyard run by the village community. Thanks to the traditional knowledge of their ancestors, the inhabitants were able to cultivate grapes, vegetables and various plants on the black volcano. They proudly guided tourists and visitors through the wild, beautiful natural landscape of cooled lava from earlier volcanic eruptions - through their black paradise.



And so every day on this island was DANCE ON THE VOLCAN, as the documentary film shows. For over a year, the film team documented life on Fogo, the close bond between man and nature. Always under the watchful eye of Nuestro Grand Senor, as the inhabitants call the volcano.

In the early morning of 23 November 2014, the first explosion and then never-ending thunder could be heard - the almost 3,000 metre high Pico do Fogo had awoken again. For 77 days a new crater spat the red magma to the surface. The lava masses mercilessly rolled everything down, buried the villages, the fields under fire and glowing stone. Portela and Bangaeira were lost.


Photo exhibition "Feuerberg" in the Gasteig

The lava was still warm, the smell of sulphur was in the air, the earth was steaming as people began to come back - back to their homeland. They brought their plants and animals. To this day, people are still building, and life in Caldeira will continue as it has been customary for centuries. Every eruption has a new beginning, every eruption leaves behind new fertile volcanic soil.

One year later, in January 2016, the Munich photographer Tom Gonsior photographed the extent of the destruction and the incipient reconstruction of the village. His pictures impressively show the ruins of the buried houses, the waves of lava solidified to stone, broken through by the fresh green of young plants.

With the artistic documentary film and the photo exhibition, a unique contemporary document of life with the indomitable violence of nature has been created. The audience is taken on a journey to Fogo, a black paradise.


Fotoausstellung FEUERBERG
26. April bis 19. Mai 2019
Gasteig, Foyer, 1. Stock
Fotograf: Tom Gonsior


Der Dokumentarfilm TANZ AUF DEM VULKAN beim DOK.fest München:
So., 12. Mai 2019, 18.00 Uhr, City Kinos München (mit Q&A mit der Regisseurin)
Fr.,17. Mai 2019, 20.00 Uhr, HFF München (mit Q&A mit der Regisseurin)

Sa., 18. Mai 2019, 11.00 Uhr, Kleines Medienkino / Münchner Stadtbibliothek Am Gasteig (mit Q&A mit der Produzentin)






Deutschland 2019 – Director: Maya Reichert – Original language: English, French, German, Portuguese – Subtitles: German

In striking imagery, smouldering lava spews out over the idyllic volcanic island of Fogo – a symbol of the blessings and curses in the lives of the three protagonists, who have courageously defied fate to find love, happiness and a home on the Cape Verde Islands.

If you want to change your life with all your heart, you can do it!" Alcindo has overcome the poverty of his family in the volcanic crater village - Laeticia from France wants to live there with him, on the Cape Verdean island of Fogo. Ex-bodybuilder Vincent was able to escape his traumas in Denmark and find peace with his family at the foot of the volcano. Ralph left Germany behind and with his love Ella created a plant paradise on the inhospitable volcano island. They all stood on the abyss, they all courageously took their lives into their own hands. In impressive pictures and with simple clarity the film shows at the same time the vulnerability and the power of nature and people. Each picture and each conversation sensitively captures these contrasts. And when the lava dances on the volcano, we understand the magic and violence of life.

We present the world premiere of the film at DOK.fest München 2019.

English/Original Title: JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE. Writer: Erzählerin Solveig Jeschke. Camera: Marcus Winterbauer. Sound: Moritz Springer. Editing: Frank Müller. Music: Superstrings, Maria Rui. Sounddesign Clemens Becker. Production: R&S Filmproduktion, Fruitmarket Filmproduktion, Kaamos Film. Producer: Lucia Scharbatke. Length: 90 min.

  • Friday
  • 10:00
  • Gasteig Foyer (1st floor)