Malte Sänger, Shifting Baselines
Shifting Baselines - once a concept of marine biology related to the creeping and unnoticed decline of species - found its way into social and cultural science. It describes the phenomenon of limited and distorted perception of change. Reference points serve to measure changes in the environment within one's own biographical horizon.
The memories of the places fade over the years. The images that remain, however, begin to increasingly connect with each other.
From 2012 until 2017, Malte worked for various German film productions abroad. When the work was done, he went out and took pictures with his analogue medium format camera. Each newly gained impression seemed to let the previous one fade, so that over the years the fragmented memories finally gave way to a big whole. The images, whose locations of origin are often thousands of kilometres apart, are juxtaposed without comment. Freed from context the re-arrangable and loosely bound overall structure of the pictures in this series let space and time merge.
The photographs from this series were taken in Armenia, Belgium, Brazil, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Nigeria, Palestine, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vatican City.
Malte Sänger (b. 1987) received his diploma in 2018 from the University of Art and Design, Offenbach am Main, where he studied photography with Martin Liebscher and philosophy and aesthetics with Juliane Rebentisch. He is a 2018/19 prize winner for "Gute Aussichten - Young German Photography" and has been awarded the 2015 Deutsche Börse Photography and HfG Award as well as the German Photo Book Prize in silver 2018/19.
Malte Sängers works can already be found in important collections such as the art collection of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation and the Klingspor Museum Offenbach. In addition to the prizes mentioned above, he has been awarded various scholarships and residencies, such as the Johannes Mosbach Foundation and the Frankfurter Künstlerhilfe, a catalogue grant from the Dr. Marschner Foundation, the second prize of the Marianne Brandt Competition, and the Casa Piccola artist residency in Colloro, Italy, 2018.
Alia Ali, Borderland
Alia Ali (Austria, 1985) is a Yemeni-Bosnian-American multi-media artist. Having traveled to sixty-three countries, lived in seven and grown up among five languages, her most comfortable mode of communication is through image and multi-sensory mediums. Her extensive travels have led her to process the world through interactive experiences. As a child of two linguists, Alia believes that the interpretation of verbal and written language has dis-served particular communities and presents more of a threat than a means of understanding.
It is for this reason that Alia's aesthetic interests stem from people, place, and the processes which unite and divide us, all at once. Her work reflects on the politics and poetics of contested notions surrounding the topics of identity, physical borders, universality, mental/physical spaces of confinement, and the inherent dualism that exists in everything. Her work blurs the lines between what we claim to be objective and subjective, illusion and reality, truth and interpretation.
Alia has just completed working on two transglobal projects, the People of Pattern and BORDERLAND. She is exploring cultures and conflicts through the medium of textile and the processes of making them. Her projects have taken her to Oaxaca, Mexico; Bokhara, Uzbekistan; Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Sapa, Vietnam; Kyoto, Japan; Udaipur, India; and Lagos, Nigeria.
Alia is a graduate of the United World College of the Atlantic (UWCAC) and holds a BA in Studio Art and Middle Eastern Studies from Wellesley College. She is currently finishing her Master of Fine Arts at CalTec, Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited on four continents. She has been awarded the Alice C. Cole '42 Grant of Wellesley College, LensCulture’s Emerging Talent Awards 2016 and Gold Winner in a Fine Art Category of the Tokyo International Photo Awards.