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Steffi self-portrait

 

Born in Cologne, Germany; currently based in Berlin.

Background in Photography, Fine Arts and Design with course work at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Central Saint Martins College, London; and a BA Hons at London Guildhall University.

Finalist of the 11th Julia M. Cameron Award, shortlisted for the Observer Hodge Award.

Group exhibitions at (selection): Alex Proud Gallery, London (Observer Hodge Award); Old Truman Brewery, London (DnAD ‚New Blood‘); London Guildhall University (Spitalfields Project). Solo shows at (selection): Maison Bertaux, Soho, London; Forum Bundeskunsthalle Bonn.

Featured in several international publications (Norr magazine, Weekend Viaggio, Observer Hodge Award).

My work from the last 20 years focuses largely on identity, family and the act of looking. Having been inspired by female artists such as Francesca Woodman, Claude Cahun, Cindy Sherman and Melanie Manchot, I have always been aiming to dissect the male gaze and produce images that strengthen and promote a female perspective in real life as well as in my photography.

I feel that being creative has to start with myself -self-portraits- or extensions of myself – my loved ones. My photographs are a study of family in a wider sense as my family and community is central to my work. It was my grandfather photographer who greatly inspired me to take photos and who gave me my first camera. ‚A Photograph Saved My Life‘ is dedicated to him.

I am also a mother of five.