The Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic also knows as Transnistria, is a disputed territory between Moldova and Ukraine. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Transnistria declared its independence in 1990. Internationally, no other country recognises the state. Although Russia provides financial and economic support, Transnistria is utterly isolated. Young citizens start to question their identity and the international isolation which comes with it. Between nostalgia, patriotism, loneliness and repression there is a generation in search of its future.
The photo exhibition khoda hafez (Persian: Goodbye) portrays my journey through the Islamic Republic of Iran. Thereby I explore the country and critically examine my eurocentric perspective on a culture foreign to me. Which images were created beforehand in my mind? Which are constructed or a result of Western expectations towards a Muslim country? Which, on the other hand, are spontaneous and challenge clichés and prejudices? The answers to these questions also lie in the viewer's perspective. That is why I decided to highlight the local narrative by having Iranians comment on my photo series. Their oral footnotes to the individual images and the bias of the Western view of their country can be found as a critical audio guide in the exhibition. In this way, I try to open up my role as a photographer for discussion and focuse on the dialogue between representation and subject. Visit the project page to see all photographs and to listen to the critical audio guide:www.khodahafes.com
Between 2012 and 2018 I visited the city of Hebron several times. Here I witnessed the drastic changes occurring in the urban landscape of the most populated Palestinian city. Each Friday the Palestinian population demonstrates against their current situation. These demonstrations regularly turn into violent fights between young Palestinians and the Israeli army.
In 2016-2017 I visited Bosnia to work on a multimedia storytelling project. One chapter — the story about Srebrenica — got published as a long-form article on Cafe Babel.Click here to read the full story!
In 2014 I reported on the ongoing refugee crisis in Sicily and on the small island Lampedusa. The result of the research got published as a short documentary, photo story and as a storytelling performance at the University of Innsbruck (AT).
The Israeli border town of Sderot is also known as the Bunker Capital. Located only a few hundred meters from the Gaza Strip, it became the primary target of missile attacks out of the Palestinian enclave. When one of the homemade Qassam rockets is fired towards Sderot, the local residents have only fifteen seconds to run for shelter. This constant threat has had a significant impact on the urban landscape, and fear’s footprint is clearly visible in the local architecture. Since the first attacks in 2001, the city fortified its streets, parks, schools and bus stops. Public bunkers and shelters spring up like mushrooms all over the city. What was supposed to be a solution for a state of emergency soon became the status quo. In 2010, when the air defence system Iron Dome started to intercept and destroy the missiles in the sky, many of the concrete shelters lost importance. What is left is a city with hundreds of unused and misused bunkers and a bizarre architectural landscape in which military and civilian structures are mingled.