Gute Aussichten 2017/2018
– 4 February 2018
The 2017 Gute Aussichten – Junge Deutsche Fotografie exhibition is taking place at the NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf for the second time. The competition has been awarding prizes to the best work by up-and-coming German photographers for fourteen years. This year, the specialist panel selected eight works from 94 submissions by contenders from 35 institutions, representing the diversity and range of creative ideas from a new generation of photographers.
The exhibition has a total of 200 motifs on display ranging from prints to photo albums and two-channel video projections. In their entirety, these represent the photographic approaches, ideas and strategies as well as their medial and formal implementation, of a new generation of photographers.
This year’s award winners are Stephan Bögel (Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie Berlin), Janosch Boerckel (University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld), Alba Frenzel (Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig), Laura Giesdorf (University of Art and Design Berlin), Ricardo Nunes (University of the Arts Bremen), Alexandra Polina (University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld), Julian Slagman (Neue Schule für Fotografie Berlin) und Rie Yamada (Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin).
The winners’ projects form a heterogeneous medley of various themes within the exhibition. In her work “Fotopapier, Licht, Ei”, Alba Frenzel experiments with camera-less photography by making photograms of eggs in various aggregate conditions and cutting the large-format prints to size and arranging them. Julian Slagman and Rie Yamada have each developed their own strategies on the theme of family. Other topic areas tackled are identity (Laura Giesdorf), prejudices (Alexandra Polina), suicide (Stephan Bögel) and the relationship between man and machine (Janosch Boerckel). The work by Ricardo Nunes, the son of Portuguese parents, explores his own childhood memories of Portugal.
The catalogue to accompany the exhibition was published in November 2017, edited by Stefan Becht and Josephine Raab, and designed by Pixelgarten. Following the show at the NRW-Forum, the exhibition will be going on tour to Hamburg, Hanoi, Nicosia, Mexico City, Koblenz and other locations yet to be announced.