September 19 – October 25, 2020

»...Es sind drei vollkommen unterschiedliche Ansätze der fotografischen Erfassung von Echtheit – aber alle stimmig, gültig, handwerklich großartig gemacht, nicht zu über-ambitioniert, formenreich, überraschend, liebevoll allesamt und sehr sehenswert. ...«

Alf Haubitz, hr2 Kultur, Frühkritik, 23.09.2020

» ist total persönlich, es ist super schön. Man geht ... in eine Ausstellung rein, die etwas fürs Herz ist. ...«

Heiko Hanel, Radio X, Cinemasope, 24.09.2020


recommended: nominated for European Cultural Brand Award

recommended is being set on the short list for the European Cultural Brand Award 2020! Therewith the fellowship for contemporary artistic photographers, founded by Olympus, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam and Deichtorhallen/Haus der Photographie, is among the last 24 of 112 applicants for the cultural management prize in the categorie “European Cultural Investor 2020”. MORE ABOUT RECOMMENDED



Duration: September 19 – October 25, 2020

Opening: Friday, September 18, 2020, starting at 4 pm


Saturday, September 19, 2020, 3 pm

Gallery Talk with the fellows Karla Hiraldo Voleau, Mika Sperling and Tobias Kruse as well as Celina Lunsford, curator and recommended mentor

Sunday, October 04, 2020, 3 pm

Curator's tour with Celina Lunsford, curator and recommended mentor

Sunday, October 18, 2020, 3 pm

Curator's tour with Celina Lunsford, curator and recommended mentor

It is about dating services, about mothers and daughters with different ethnic roots and about the legacy of German history: Karla Hiraldo VoleauTobias Kruse and Mika Sperling, the current winners of the fellowship recommended, allow the viewers very personal insights into their private lives. Their works can be seen in the exhibition RECOMMENDED OLYMPUS FELLOWSHIP.

The works of the second recommended year 2019/20 focus on biographical themes such as love, family, origin, migration, tolerance and environment.

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Karla Hiraldo Voleau (*1992, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) approached the dating culture in Japan to examine the mechanisms of modern male-female relationships. She describes gender roles and love stories through poetic documentary images – always with herself as the protagonist. Hiraldo Voleau studied photography at the École de Conde in Paris and at the ECAL in Lausanne. During her fellowship she was mentored by Kim Knoppers, curator at Foam.

Tobias Kruse (*1979, Waren/Müritz, Germany) confronts his eastern German homeland in the series “Deponie”. Starting out from a former toxic waste dump and other polluted places, he traces German-German history with black-and-white photographs – and expresses social moods such as fear, bitterness, resentment, and aggression. Kruse studied graphic design and photography at the Ostkreuz School and is a member of the Ostkreuz Agency of Photographers. He was accompanied through the fellowship by Ingo Taubhorn, curator at House of Photography / Deichtorhallen Hamburg.   

Mika Sperling (*1990, Norilsk, Russia) examines the influence of multicultural origin through identity and family relationships in her own family. The focus of her work “Mother Tongue” is on the artist herself, a child of a Russian Mennonite family who grew up in Germany, her Vietnamese mother-in-law, who also lives in Germany, and her daughter, who is now two years old. Using photography and various other media, she describes the rapprochement of cultures through language. Sperling studied communication design at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and Fine Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. She was mentored by Celina Lunsford, curator and artistic director at the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt.

The works of the second recommended year were shown in Hamburg from May 2020 and will be exhibited in Amsterdam following the FFF exhibition in Frankfurt am Main.

The fellowship recommended was established in 2017 by Olympus together with the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, the House of Photography/Deichtorhallen Hamburg and the Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. It is awarded every two years to promote contemporary artistic photography. For one year, the three scholarship holders, supervised by a curator from the participating institutions, work on new projects which are then presented in joint exhibitions. 

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