Saturday, September 19, 2020, 3 pm
Location: Fotografie Forum Frankfurt
In conversation with Celina Lunsford, Karla Hiraldo Voleau, Mika Sperling and Tobias Kruse, recipients of the second recommended Olympus Fellowship, present their final projects and discuss the various phases of their work as well as the mentoring aspect of this grant.
The lecture will be held in German and English.
Tobias Kruse, born in Mecklenburg in 1979 and raised in Schwerin, Germany, devoted his photographic project Deponie to the sensitivities that still trigger fear, anger and aggression in the German society today which, remind him of his youth in the 1990s after the fall of the Wall. His photographs of landscapes and portraits were made at 25 different locations in former East Germany. It has been the first time Kruse used black and white photography to visualize the blending of the present and the past.
In her work I Have Nothing to Tell You Karla Hiraldo Voleau addresses her exchange with young Japanese people about personal secrets and experiences in love. At first it was the new dating and partner services for women in Japan that made the artist curious about the dating culture there. Hiraldo Voleau, born in the Dominican Republic in 1992, raised in France and living in Switzerland, layers the cultural differences, in relation to love and her own love story to express emotions in this project.
Mika Sperling was born in 1990 in Norilsk, Russia, and grew up in Germany from the age of one. After photography studies in Germany and the United States, where her now two-year-old daughter was born, the artist lives in Hamburg. In her work Mother Tongue, she reflects upon the influence of multicultural origins within a family’s interpersonal relationship . Sperling's recommended project focuses on relationship with her Vietnamese mother-in-law, who also lives in Germany. The artist pays special attention to the communication possibilities within the family – and between the three generations of women: mother-in-law, daughter-in-law and granddaughter.
The scholarship recommended was established in 2017 to support aspiring artistic photographers by Olympus in cooperation with the Haus der Photographie/ Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam and the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt. In 2019 the scholarship went into its second round; in 2020 the current grant projects are being presented to the public in the form of exhibitions and a catalogue. The recommended fellows are proposed by the curators of the three institutions and then chosen unanimously. Each of the three photo curators will accompany one of the fellows as an artistic mentor for the entire duration of the fellowship. Olympus supports the grant holders financially and with camera equipment. The aim of the fellowship is to provide effective support for outstanding artists at a crucial point in their careers.