‚99‘ is an ongoing project, portraying young people born in 1999.
For most people the year 1999 was an exciting year, as it clearly marked a new beginning – a new millennium.
For me personally 1999 was a beautiful journey and adventure, since my first child was born.
Now, 19 years on, all those born in 1999 are experiencing a similar feeling we did back then – a fresh start.
Having finished highschool, for the first time ever it is up to them what happens next in their lives.
There are so many hopes and dreams; anything seems, and is, possible.
For me, as the mother of one of the young people shown here, it is utterly fascinating to watch my child making decisions.
As an artist and photographer it is beautiful to meet, to talk to and observe the 18- and 19-year-olds and to lend them a voice by listening to them, to their dreams, worries and ambitions and by portraying them.
I chose to conceal most parts of the photographs by overlaying them with a sheet of thin Japanese paper. By only showing parts of their faces, the viewer engages in a search, looking for clues. This is exactly what these young people are going through at this stage of their lives.
Joe took a four-month break traveling Asia all by himself. He is currently working at a social media company and is preparing his application for art school.
Noemi currently works in a clothing store, saving all her money for a trip to Colombia with her 81-year-old grandfather. Afterwards, she thinks she might study geography.
Jannik has been doing voluntary work in the social sector for the last couple of months as a child care worker and is going to study chemistry.
Johanna works in a café and in a cosmetics store and is planning to become a teacher.
Lilly has applied to an art school and to a film school and is waiting for feedback. In the meantime, she works as a nanny.
Jakob is enrolled in agricultural science and for the future hopes doing research in genetic engineering to help find solutions for world hunger.
Tom is currently studying computer sciences, and is very open to new challenges and topics. He dreams of being self-employed later on in life, but right now he simply enjoys his newfound freedom and life’s adventures.