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Agriculture & Biodiversity

in collaboration with the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Lecturers: Eva Bertram, Susanne Holschbach and Ben Chislett
Project coordination: Ines Meier
With our current and former students:
Eun Sun Cho, Sebastian Eichelberger, Jason Hess, Johann Karl, Linda Kerstein, Caro Lenhart, Thilo Mokros, Sabrina Radeck, Daniel Sebastian Schaub, Sophie Seydel, Jakob Wierzba, and Lorenzo Assennato

The “Agriculture & Biodiversity” project is funded by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Hahnemühle, GLS Bank, Berlin State Center for Political Education, Institute for World Food, and the ecological village of Brodowin.

Project

We are currently experiencing the greatest mass extinction since the disappearance of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Since the start of the Anthropocene period, man has become a planetary force changing the biological, geological and atmospheric processes on earth. Industrial agriculture plays a central role in this. On one side, it is one of the main causes of species extinction and the climate crisis and on the other it suffers massively from the consequences of these changes.

What images can we as photographers use to draw the public’s attention to this pressing issue and bring about positive change? How can we photographically convey these complex relationships and solutions without resorting to clichés?

These questions are at the centre of a year-long project by students and alumni of the Neue Schule für Fotografie. A series of events with scientific lectures, film screenings and an excursion will introduce the project participants to the relationships between agriculture and biodiversity and provide spaces for discussion. A day-long public symposium will delve into various photo-theoretical and artistic perspectives in the still young and little-researched field of environmental photography. Based on this in-depth knowledge transfer and intensive technical support from our lecturers, the students and alumni develop innovative photographic work in the artistic and documentary area during the project period. These will be exhibited at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin as part of the Alternative Green Week 2021. The exhibition is designed as a traveling exhibition and is to be shown in many other locations.