Ricarda Roggan

Die Suche nach Stadt N

As part of the “East/West” lecture series hosted by the research partnership “The Bonn Republic” at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf

Film + Talk Talks & Workshops Social/Urban Movements

Photographer Ricarda Roggan’s work focuses on everyday life in the GDR as well as on the rupturing following the end of this political system. But which norms and values, political ideas, and utopias were actually at the GDR’s core? How did they translate into reality, and what relation did they foster to everyday life? In her films “Protokoll Stadt N” and “Strukturuntersuchung Stadt N“, the artist poses these questions. Both films will be presented at the FFT Foyer this evening. The presentation as well as the subsequent artist talk form the kickoff for the “East/West” lecture series. It is organised by the research partnership “The Bonn Republic” and is part of the Düsseldorf Citizens’ University. The event is open to all interested parties.

Presented by: Junior Professor Dr Maren Butte, Dr Jasmin Grande


Ricarda Roggan was born in Dresden in 1972; the city she also grew up in. There, she studied under Timm Rautert at the HGB Leipzig from 1996 until 2004 before transferring to London’s Royal College of Art from 2003 until 2005. She has been a Professor for Photography in Stuttgart since 2013, as well as a Member of the Saxonian Academy of the Arts since 2021.

Research Partnership “Die Bonner Republik“
As a concluded period of time (lasting from 1949 to 1990), the Bonn Republic went on to become part of the regional as well as the political-national memory as a time of reconstruction and commencing prosperity. Not least a notion of a specifically Rhenish disposition and resulting positive influences from this on the Federal Republic are part of this picture. The research partnership “The Bonn Republic” has been active at the philosophical faculty of the Heinrich Heine University since 2017. During annual lecture series’, the members present research perspectives to a broader public.


The research partnership “The Bonn Republic” of the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf as well as the “Moderne im Rheinland” institute at the Heinrich Heine University organises the event.