Anja Schaffner

Resides
London, UK
Born
Detmold, Germany 1976
Website

Anja Schaffner attended the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Canada in 1998, and received an MA from the Royal College of Art in London in 2008 where she currently resides. In 2009, Anja received an artist grant for a residency at the sylt quelle in Germany; was awarded the Sylt Prize for Contemporary Photography; and was shortlisted for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries Prize in London. Her work has been exhibited at the Darmstädter Days of Photography and was published in Camera Austria No. 109. She is currently in Los Angeles, supported by a postgraduate grant from the German Academic Exchange Service. In 2011 Anja will be participating in the exhibition Sylt – Island Between Sky & Water at the Kunst: Raum Sylt in Germany.

Susurrus

There are moments when I want to slow things down. I stare and imagine those moments on hold. It is like when someone says 'pssst' and you stop and listen for a short while. Afterwards, things continue in their usual way... some images continue to hum though.

Taking photographs is one way of creating a sense of continuity in life. Photographs never end, but perhaps new images can stop the old ones from haunting us.

Susurrus: a whispering or rustling sound; a murmur.

Education

2008
MA Communication Art & Design, Royal College of Art, London.
Dissertation: Slow Time. The everyday in the work of Craigie Horsfield.

2000
University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld, Visual Communication
Concentration on book design, photography, typography, Prof. Gerd Fleischmann

1998
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Canada

Group Exhibitions

2011
Sylt – Island Between Sky & Water, Kunst:Raum sylt quelle, Sylt, Germany.

2010
Magenta Foundation’s Emerging Photographers Flash Forward 2010, Canada.

2009
Salon09.
Mark Roberts Art, London, UK.
Kasseler Fotofrühling, Festival of the Photobook, Kassel, Germany.
Vision – Aussicht aufs Leben, Darmstädter Days of Photography, Museum Künstlerkolonie, Darmstadt, Germany.

2008
ManGroup Photography Prize, Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK.
Show II, Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK.
Bird & Leaf. A sentimental yearning, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK.

2007
ManGroup Photography Prize, Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK.
Slovenia Rediscovered – Vi Kejm Tu Tejk Jour Dzobz Evej!, Celje Castle, Slovenia.
On the Edge of Life, Bath Musical Festival, Bath, UK.

2005
One Millimetre in Three Days,
Gallery KunstLeben, Hamburg, Germany.

2002
Fake.
Workshop and exhibition with Kirsten Geisler, Edith Ruß, Site for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany.

2001
First Edition,
Book fair, Leipzig, Germany.

Awards & Residencies

2011
DAAD Postgraduate Grant, Los Angeles.

2010
Residency, Kunst:Raum sylt quelle, Sylt, Germany.

2009
Sylt-Prize for Contemporary Photography
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, London (shortlisted).

2008
ManGroup Photography Prize (shortlisted).
Michael Peters Award for Interdisciplinary Collaboration

2007
ManGroup Photography Prize (shortlisted).

Publications

2010
Camera Austria, no. 109, Forum.

2009
Monika Magazine, The Anonymity Issue No. 1, UK.
"Hair’em Scare’em", Gestaltenverlag, Berlin, Germany.

2008
Tangible, Gestaltenverlag, Berlin, Germany.

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