Tobias Zielony

* 1973 in Wuppertal, lives and works in Berlin

The photographer and film maker Tobias Zielony studied documentary photography at the University of Wales form 1998-2001. In 2001, he finished his studies and became Master Student of Timm Rauert at the Higher School of Graphics and Book Art Leipzig. He was awarded the Institute for Book Art Leipzig’s prize in 2002 for his book project “Behind the Block”, for which he observed adolescents in four European cities. After a guest professorship at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen, he has held the professorship for artistic photography at the Higher Art School for Media Cologne (KHM) since 2009. Tobias Zielony is known for his photography documentation of juvenile minorities. He is especially interested in the way they set the stage for themselves, with clothes, gestures and poses. It’s important to him to catch the “casual form of the social”. For this, he drives to the suburbs of places the public pays less attention to: The Banlieue of Marseille, the Polish Zgora and the Plattenbausiedlung Halle-Neustadt. He documents the charge and stimulation of a place by people and the accompanying coalescence of person and place. At the KHM, he also works interdisciplinary in the areas of film and video, and therefore connects the different media.

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Tobias Zielony was awarded the Karl Ströher Preis in 2011. His most recent exhibition was at the German pavilion at the Biennial di Venezia in 2015, at the Berlinische Galerie in 2013, and the Museum for Modern Art in Frankfurt/Main in 2011.