Student Award 2023 | Gerd Waliszewski (eng)

Winner Student Award 2023Gerd Waliszewski
Between the Sirens

Amidst the harsh reality of war-dominated Ukraine, young people try to live their daily life. But this is regularly interrupted by warning sirens and missiles inbound. 

Between the Sirens deals with the attitude towards life of young Ukrainians. The work gives a current insight into the reality of a generation that is confronted on a daily basis with the fragility of their lives and their nation.

The project focuses on young Ukrainians as a symbol of the future, as they are the generation on whose shoulders the greatest responsibility for rebuilding their state after the end of the war will rest upon. What kind of country will Ukraine become if it will be rebuildt by a generation traumatized by war?

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Gerd Waliszewski was born in Oklahoma City, USA and grew up in Poland and Germany. He graduated in Economics at the University of Giessen, in 2021. The following year he started to study photography at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin. In the fall of 2022 he was chosen as a participant in the Nikon-NOOR Academy-Workshop on Advanced Storytelling in Düsseldorf. In April 2023, he got nominated for the Swiss mentoring programme “TruePicture”. Currently, he’s continuing his work on young Ukrainians and his studies at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in the graduation class of Sibylle Fendt.

His interest orbits around topics related to Central and Eastern Europe, especially with regard to the influence and consequences of political processes on young people. In his previous projects, he dealt with the humanitarian crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border, and the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine.

He published his works with FK Magazine, the Latvian contemporary photography journal . He was part of the group exhibition of the collective BREEDLIJN in March 2023 in Antwerp, Belgium and part of Der Greif group show in June 2023 in the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Germany.

Lodi, Palazzo Barni, Vittorio Emanuele II, 17


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