JOERG BRUEGGEMANN & TOBIAS KRUSE | ARTIST IN RESIDENCE 2019
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
The OBSCURA Festival of Photography Artist In Residence Programme is an important artistic and cultural programme for Penang. The programme enables some of the most prolific photographers of our time to spend a substantial amount of time in Penang to try and understand it and create a visual documents in their time as residents.
The contributions of these artists provide our contemporary society an opportunity to reflect, while providing a substantial portal to the past for future generations to come. The work that is produced out of these programmes become part of our visual heritage and a means to communicate to the world about who we are and how we have come to understand our own lives and that of others. The 2019 residents are no strangers to Penang, having come to the festival twice in 2016 and 2017 as mentors to the Southeast Asian Photography Masterclass. We are very happy to have Joerg Brueggemann and Tobias Kruse, of Ostkreuz Photographers’ Agency Berlin back as our 2019 resident artists.
A very special thanks to the Goethe-Institut Malaysia and Hin Bus Depot for helping making this programme and the cultural documentation of Penang’s living heritage a possibility.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Born in 1979 in Herne, Germany, Joerg lives and works in Berlin, Germany. In 2008 Joerg finished his photography studies under the guidance of professor Peter Bialobrzeski at the University of the Arts in Bremen. His diploma project Same Same But Different portrayed backpacking tourism in South Asia. Since then he works as a freelance photographer in Berlin and a year later he joined OSTKREUZ – Photographers’ Agency. In 2012 Joerg published his first monograph Metalheads – The Global Brotherhood with Gestalten and showed the project as a single exhibition at the Gestalten Gallery in Berlin. He received numerous awards and grants including the BFF promotion prize 2009, a VG BildKunst grant, and an honourable mention at CENTER’s Project Competition 2009. He was a finalist at the MAGNUM Expression Award 2009 and a winner of PDN Photo Annual 2013. As a member of OSTKREUZ -Photographers’ Agency he received the Konrad-Wolf-Preis 2013.
Tobias Kruse is a photographer. He works worldwide on personal artistic projects as well as on assignments for magazines, institutions and independents. Tobias was born in Mecklenburg, Northeast Germany, where he also spent his youth. At the age of 20 (and almost 20 years ago) he moved to Berlin and worked as a graphic designer for a couple of years. From 2005 till 2007 he studied photography at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie with Prof. Ute Mahler and attended the Masterclass of Prof. Arno Fischer from 2008 till 2009. He joined the photographer's agency Ostkreuz in March 2011. Since 2017 Tobias teaches photography at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie. When not out taking pictures he spends most of his time with his children, friends, the children of his friends and the friends of his children.
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