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Interview

Arne Piepke: I want to visualise my experiences and provide an opportunity for deeper exploration

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Futures Photography
Date:
January 19, 2021
“I want to visualise my experiences and provide an opportunity for deeper exploration.” In this interview, meet Arne Piepke, who joined our platform last year nominated by the Triennial of Photography Hamburg.

Arne is a documentary photographer who grew up in a small village in Germany. He deals with social issues and the people‘s connection to history and their surroundings. With his photo-essays he wants to raise questions that follow the viewer and contribute to an examination of the topics and thus to a better mutual understanding.

Below, he talks about his inspirations and career:

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Can you tell us a little bit about your inspirations? Which themes do you often work with?

My projects usually have a personally motivated starting point. With my photo essays I want to question how people find their identity and how they are influenced by their environment and history. I am fascinated by what people identify with and how they take on and play certain roles based on tradition. Tradition is a major theme in my work. I want to explore how traditions are interpreted and practised in a contemporary way, and how this contributes to collective identities.

How do you see your relationship with the medium? How do you use photography to express your art?

I see myself as a documentary and author photographer. Photography is for me to reflect and learn about certain topics. I want to visualise my experiences and provide an opportunity for deeper exploration.

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Do you have any ongoing (or more recent) project that you would like to share with us?

I have been working for some time on my essay ‘Anecdotes from an unfamiliar Land’ which I had to pause because of the pandemic. Due to the changed circumstances, I have started a new project with a colleague from my collective DOCKS.

Last year was challenging in many different ways. How do you see this moment for your career? What has changed in your practice?

Last year was of course very challenging. Many things that were planned had to be paused. But new opportunities also arose. I am glad that I can continue to work on free projects. However, I very much hope that there will soon be more opportunities for exchange again. It has become clear that digital alternatives are not the solution for everything in our industry.

Can you share with us some of your plans for the future? Do you have any new project in mind?

I hope I can work on my long-term essay again in the summer. Until then, I'm working on something else that relates to the current situation.

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