Sascha Weidner


Sascha Weidner´s Hanami (literally “flower viewing”) cycle of pictures follows the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying – once a year in springtime – the transient beauty of flowers. “Flower” in this case almost always meaning cherry blossoms. The way nature constantly reconstructs and renews itself, adapting to the most various situations, can also be exemplary of industry – recreating itself in groupings and connections, blossoming in all its glory and withering away, paying tribute to new conditions – the cycle of natural evolution thus going hand in hand with the industrial revolution. It is about life and death, and the short period in between when we as humans are supposed to blossom.

His work deals with the ”search of a refuge, where utopia orchestrates reality and viceversa”.
He has won numerous prestigious awards, such as the Award for Photographic Art of the Alison & Peter Klein Foundation and in 2010 he won the Berlin Art Prize, awarded by the Academy of the Arts Berlin. Weidner’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions as well as in public and private collections. Since tomorrow was his solo show at C/O Berlin, Germany in 2011. In 2014 Sascha Weidner has been named as the inaugural winner of the entrepreneur 4.0 award. The work for the exhibition Aokigahara also arose during his residency program at the Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto, Japan. In 2012 he was appointed a member of the German Photographic Society. Sascha Weidner was finalist of the Otto-Steinert-preis 2013.

Sascha Weidner lived 1976-2015, born in Osnabrück, Germany. He studied Photography, Painting and Communication Design at the University of the Arts in Brunswick, Germany.

Hanami

Singles, Selection Light


Singles, Selection Dark

1976-2015. Born in Georgsmarienhütte, Osnabrück, Germany.

EDUCATION
Honor student under Prof. Dörte Eißfeldt 2004
Diploma Communication Design 2004
Diploma Fine Arts (photography and painting) 2003
Studies at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweigs 2003

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (IN SELECTION)
Sascha Weidner. Fotografie, RAY Fotografietriennale, Marta Hoepffner-Gesellschaft für Fotografie e.V., Hofheim, Germany 2015
The Absence of Presence, Gallery Conrads, Düsseldorf, Germany 2014
Sascha Weidner – The Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany 2014
Aokigahara, Pavlov´s Dog, Berlin, Germany 2014
A part of it, VGHgalerie, Hannover, Germany 2013
Sascha Weidner – Selected Works, Padova, Italy 2013
Do not alight here, Athens Photo Festival, Greece 2013
Unveiled, the Sydney project, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia 2012
Lay down close by, Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf, Germany 2012
Just let go, FO.KU.S, Innsbruck, Austria 2012
Revolve, Galeria Toni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain 2011
Seit morgen, C/O Berlin, Germany 2011
Was übrig bleibt, Museum für Photographie Braunschweig, Germany 2009
Bleiben ist nirgends, Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf, Germany 2009
To be handled carefully, Galerie zur Stockeregg 2009
Am Wasser gebaut, Zephyr / Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim 2009
Enduring Beauty, Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf, Germany 2008
Bis es wehtut, Kunstverein Wolfenbüttel, Germany 2008
Bleiben ist nirgends, FOAM, Amsterdam, NL 2007
Enduring Beauty, Galeria Toni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain 2007
All that could have been, Filiale Berlin, Germany 2007
Beauty remains, DZ Bank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany 2006
Untold, Verein für Junge Kunst e.V., Wolfsburg, Germany 2005

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (IN SELECTION)
Paris Photo, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Paris, France 2016 (upcoming)
Our Collectors, our Donors, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover, Germany 2015
Quiet Moments, Fremantle Arts Center, Fremantle, Australia 2015
Thinking. Acting. Reflecting., SAP, Walldorf, Germany 2015
Urban Spirit, Gallery Christophe Guye, Zurich, Switzerland 2014
Hängung #12 – Weltenträumen, Sammlung Klein, Nußdorf, Germany 2014
Portraying Visions, Wittenstein AG, Igersheim, Germany 2014
WILD – Animals in Contemporary Photography / Tiere in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie, Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation, Berlin, Germany 2014
Mit den Augen Düsseldorfer Galeristen – Zeitgenössische Fotografie, E.ON Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany 2014
Context Art Miami, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, US 2014
Capita, Broelmuseum Kortrijk, Belgium 2014
Works on Paper, Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf, Germany 2014
Entrepreneur 4.0, Igersheim, Germany 2014
The Youth Code, curated by N. Herschdorfer, Galerie Christoph Guye, Zürich, Switzerland 2013
Heute kein Plenum / 20 jahre Klasse Doerte Eißfeldt, 2013
267 Quartiere für zeitgen. Kunst und Fotografie, BS, Germany 2013
Welt, Reisen, Selbst, Suche, Alt. Rathaus Musberg, Germany 2013
Murakami & Weidner, A.P.P. photography, Kyoto, Japan 2013
Dark sights, DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt, Germany 2012
It’s a magic world, Zeithaus, Wolfsburg, Germany 2012
Hijacked 2, Zephyr, Mannheim, Germany 2012
Fame, DZ BankKunstsammlung, Frankfurt am Main, Germany 2011
Traummänner – Starfotografen zeigen ihre Vision vom Ideal, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany 2011
(Selbst)-Portrait / Abbilder & Netzwerke, Schwules Museum, Germany 2011
Hijacked 2 – Australia / Germany, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, SA 2011
Neue Kunst aus Niedersachsen, Schloss Salder, Germany 2011
Hijacked 2, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia 2010
Art Regionale V, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, OS, Germany 2010
Photography Group Show, Van Mieden, Antwerpen, Belgium 2010
Tool, Photofestival Knokke, Belgium 2010
Young Collectors #2, Sign, Groningen, NL 2010
Jahresgaben 09/10, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany 2010
Enthusiasmus & Leichtigkeit, Kunstmuseum Wob, Germany 2009
15 Jahre Sammlung – Gegen den Strich, Kunstmuseum Wob, Germany 2009
Until it hurts, Openeye Gallery, Liverpool, UK 2009
Arthaus 2009 / Los Angeles – Berlin, Los Angeles, USA 2009
Land, Scaped, Galerie Conrads, Filiale Berlin, Germany 2008
10 Jahre Junge Kunst, Verein für Junge Kunst e.V., Wolfsburg, Germany 2008
Concept: Photography – Dialogues & Attitudes, Museum Ludwig, Budapest, Hungary 2007
Die Liebe zum Licht – Fotografie im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany 2007

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Mönchehaus Museum für moderne Kunst, Goslar, Germany
Sammlung der NBank, Hannover, Germany
Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Germany
Sammlung der DZ Bank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Huis Marseille, Museum für Fotografie, Amsterdam, NL
Stadt Wolfsburg, Germany
Fondation Vera Chaves Barcellos, Porte Alegre, Brazil
Museum Kunstwerk Nußdorf, Germany

AWARDS (IN SELECTION)
Entrepreneur 4.0 (Winner) 2013
Finalist Otto-Steinert-Preis Otto-Steinert-prize 2013
Kunstfonds 2013/2014
Villa Kamowaga, Kyoto, Japan 2013
Artist Residency COFA, Sydney, Australien 2012
Stiftungspreis für Fotokunst 2011 Alison & Peter 2011
Klein Stiftung, Kunstwerk / Nußdorf 2011
Shortlist – Intern. Weldekunstpreis für Fotografie 2011
Sponsorship award Academy of Fine Arts 2010
Künstlerhaus Lukas, Ahrenshoop 2008
2. DAAD-Reisestipendium scholarship, Los Angeles 2006
Förderpreis Fotografie der NBank 2005
1. DAAD-Reisestipendium scholarship, Los Angeles 2004
Otto-Steinert-Preis honor mention
input / output, Best Awarded Works 2004
Villa Vigoni, Stipendium scholarship German Federal Ministry 2003
Phænographie – Zaha Hadid 2003
input / output, Best Awarded Works 2002
1. Prize International Polaroid Award 2001
Elite 2000, Nord-LB-Auswahl Norddeutschland 2000