When you think of the Oktoberfest, you think of crowds, partying and fun. Every year, roughly 6 million visitors attend the event, so to be there means being constantly surrounded by people of every kind, in a melting-pot of music, alcohol and food. In observing and trying to document the Oktoberfest you run the risk of getting lost in the mess of it all; but when you try and isolate single characters or situations, taking them away from the hectic context, you get stories and images that speak of paradox, absurdity, circumstances that are unique and oddly interesting.
“Right, here is a map of the Oktoberfest park, so you can see where everything is.”
“Great, thanks. I see there’s a place here, called ‘Kotzhügel’…?”
“Yeah, also known as ‘Hill of Shame’. That’s where everyone goes to collapse, throw up, or when they’re too wasted to stand anyway.”
By Matteo Sigolo