Sascha Weidner’s works are evidence of a radically subjective view of the world and the single human in its environment. At first glance, the photographs taken with a medium format camera show people acting within harmless landscapes. Often, the site…
Sascha Weidner’s works are evidence of a radically subjective view of the world and the single human in its environment. At first glance, the photographs taken with a medium format camera show people acting within harmless landscapes. Often, the site of the incident is not closely defined; in the close-up, only a small part of the surroundings is shown to the viewer. The camera's gaze is direct and documents in detail what is depicted. The ruthlessly-used close view does not answer the questions that confront the viewer. Why is the man in the branches of a tree? Is he looking for closeness or shelter? Why is he hiding? Looking at Sascha Weidner’s photographs, the feeling of suspense arises. The subtly used and diffuse light primarily supports this feeling. This establishes a tension that is not resolved until the end. The “hidden” makes Sascha Weidner’s photographs poetic and above all melancholy. The emotional closeness of these works put Sascha Weidner’s motifs and methods in line with those of photographers such as Nan Goldin, Wolfgang Tillmans and Ryan McGinley.
To date, the artist has received numerous awards including the 2010 Kunstpreis Berlin, the NBank Photography Advancement Award and first prize in the Polaroid International Photography Awards. He was the winner of the Stiftung Kunstfonds 2013 and in 2014 he was the first prize winner of the Entrepreneur 4.0 Award. In addition to appearing in many publications, his works have been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide at institutions including the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Foam in Amsterdam, the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, the International Photography Festival Knokke-Heist, and the Museum for Photography in Braunschweig.