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Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Photographer
Ilja Niederkirchner
Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]
Gomma Photography Grant 2022 Finalists

Gomma Photography Grant 2022

Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]

Photographer

Ilja Niederkirchner

Der letzte Schnee [The Final Snow]

11 Jan, 2023

One characteristic of memory is to memorize the strongest emotional events and lay them like a blanket of snow over everything else. When I think back to my mother, I now think of everything from her end, as if my memory of her began with her death. Before my mother died, finitude was an abstract concept. I knew that life was finite and that I must therefore feel pain. Rather, this idea was a vehicle to give my youthful melancholy a greater sense of urgency. I had never seen what death really looked like. And frankly, I would have imagined it differently. Something noble, whatever that is. Now that I've seen it, I don't understand it any better. It is incomprehensible how death can be possible. Inevitably, the question arose of what I could do with these images. Should I lock them away in a dark box? Can they express more than just a meaningless fact that we all know and don't like to be reminded of anyway? This series is about the death of my mother, about the summer house where I spent my childhood, and about trying to remember a childhood that no longer exists.

About the photographer

Ilja Niederkirchner

BIO After working as an actor in various theater groups, I decided to study photography at the Neue Schule für Fotografie Berlin, which I completed in 2017. My first work "The Only Thing That Matters" was published in 2016 in Die Nacht Magazine and in 2017 as a photo book by Calin Kruse in Die Nacht Publishing. In 2020, my second book "Greek Dog Days" was published by Replika Publishing. Greek Dog Days was reviewed by photography researcher Dr. Paula Gortázar in C4Journal and won the 2020 Volumes Award from Kunsthalle Zurich. With my work "The Final Snow" I was selected as one of the emerging photographers for the Hamburg Portfolio Review 2022. EXHIBITIONS / PUBLICATIONS / PRIZES 2022 "Der letzte Schnee" [The Final Snow] Hamburg Portfolio Reviews festival, Hamburg, Germany "Der Letzte Schnee" [The Final Snow] part of "Transition" group exhibition at Fotogalerie Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany "Greek Dog Days" exhibition PERIODE Gallery, Berlin, Germany"Greek Dog Days" exhibition La Stella Nera, Berlin, Germany "Der letzte Schnee" [The Final Snow] shortlisted for the BUP Book Award 2022 by BlowUp Press "Greek Dog Days" is part of the photobook exhibition FOTO WIEN 2022, Vienna, Austria2021 Book signing "The Only Thing That Matters" and "Greek Dog Days" at POLYCOPIES Paris, France "Greek Dog Days" exhibition and book launch at Zoetrope.Athens, Greece, granted by cultural administration of Berliner Senat, Athens, Greece "No photos please" publication by Gimme Five Publishing "Antihero" Group Exhibition exhibition Gallery FK Kollektiv Berlin, Germany "After The Fall" Group Exhibition exhibition Gallery FK Kollektiv Berlin, Germany 2020 Volumes Award 2020 by Kunsthalle Zürich for "Greek Dog Days" "Greek Dog Days" photobook published by Replika Publishing 2017 "The Only Thing That Matters" photobook published by DIENACHT Publishing 2016 "The Only Thing That Matters" published in DIENACHT Magazine issue#18