We caught up with launch Photograd Christina Stohn to find out more about the group exhibition she was a part of at Net Photo Festival in South Korea, along with her peer, Avani Tanya, and their professor Peter Bialobrzeski from the University of the Arts Bremen. Take a look at Christina's write up below to find out how she got the opportunity to exhibit during the festival and what's the key to a stress free experience...
In 2014 I graduated with a BA in photography from the University of Westminster in London. I am currently studying for an MA in Integrated Design at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany. My focus lies on constructed documentary photography and I usually work in series. I have developed a particular interest in the practice and process of book making.
The Net Photo Festival, as part of the Daegu Photo Biennale, brought together thirteen universities from Asia, North America and Europe in the first week of October. This collaboration aimed at exchanging work and ideas through exhibitions, seminars and talks. Selected works by international students were showcased in different galleries on the Bongsan Culture Street in Daegu.
The group show of the University of the Arts Bremen was exhibited at a contemporary gallery space called the Dong-Won Gallery. Our professor of photography Peter Bialobrzeski as well as my fellow student Avani Tanya and myself were on location.
In June, Peter Bialobrzeski was invited as a curator by the Net Photo Festival team. Nine photographers from the Masters studio “Culture and Identity” were selected to showcase photographic work from our project The White City that we created in Belgrade in April earlier this year.
Based on the gallery’s dimensions, we chose works in conversation with our professor and created a floor plan. We re-arranged the display slightly, on site, adjusting to the space.
Experience overview and reflection
I have gained valuable insight through this group show; having everything planned out beforehand is the key to an almost stress-free experience.
The Net Photo Festival was a great opportunity to share knowledge and get informed feedback, which has been overwhelmingly positive. It proved to be a unique chance to get to know professors, students and photography programmes from around the globe.
I would like to thank Prof. Yong-Hwan Lee from Chung-Ang University and his team for the superb organisation of the event and their kind hospitality, Prof. Peter Bialobrzeski for making this trip happen and all his help throughout, as well as Dr. Marla Stukenberg, director of the Goethe Institut Korea, for supporting us. Last but not least all the amazing people I met during my time in Korea.