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Ghosts, 2016

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Some stories sound fictional, but the fears and events behind them are certainly genuine. In 2014, the residents of a refugee home in a former high school in the Moabit neighborhood of Berlin told Zielony that they heard voices and saw ghosts in the showers at night. As it turned out, one of the city’s largest synagogues had once stood nearby, as had a railway station where Jewish citizens had been herded onto trains to the concentration camps. Zielony conducted interviews and shot footage he has now assembled into a new film. Voices sometimes speak up when we least expect them to, and even when we hear them – some of us prefer not to – we do not always believe what they tell us. Zielony’s film captures the fear and anxiety that the barrier between the past and what is happening today might be lower than common sense likes to imagine.

Tobias Zielony, Ghosts, 2016, HD video, 16:9, color, sound, 2:44 min, Edition of 8 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Ghosts, 2016, HD video, 16:9, color, sound, 2:44 min, Edition of 8 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Ghosts, 2016, HD video, 16:9, color, sound, 2:44 min, Edition of 8 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Ghosts, 2016, HD video, 16:9, color, sound, 2:44 min, Edition of 8 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Ghosts, 2016, HD video, 16:9, color, sound, 2:44 min, Edition of 8 + 2AP
Tobias Zielony, Ghosts, 2016, HD video, 16:9, color, sound, 2:44 min, Edition of 8 + 2AP

HD Video, 16:9, color, sound with english subtitles, 2:44 min

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Tobias Zielony

Born in 1973 in Wuppertal, Germany, Tobias Zielony studied Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport, before he continued with artistic photography at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig under Timm Rautert in 2001. Tobias Zielony is known for his photographic depiction of juvenile minorities in suburban areas – a subject he already set out with during his studies in Newport. For his first book project “Behind the Block” (2004) he then extended his research to a total of four European cities to observe adolescents in public spaces often during night times. Themes and social realities his research touches upon include structural change, migration and drug abuse, as well as sexwork as shown in “Big Sexyland” (2006-2008) and “Jenny, Jenny” (2013). For “Manitoba” (2009-2011) Tobias Zielony spent time with adolescents of indigenous origins living in Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba, Canada. His critical approach to documentarism manifests in a specific aesthetic and relationship with fiction. People are often portrayed in a casual fashion that is sensitive of the visual language, gestures and poses a person uses to set their stage. In 2015 the artist participated at a group show for the German Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale with his work “The Citizen” (2015). He had group shows for example at Bozar Center for Fine Arts, Brussels (2015) and the 2nd Montevideo Biennial (2014) and solo shows at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2011) and Berlinische Galerie (2013). He participated in the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, and was awarded the Karl-Ströher-Preis in 2011.



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