Christian Retschlag (*1987)
The two-year fellowship of the Förderstipendium Niedersachsen (January 2015 –December 2016) is awarded to a freelance artist no older than 35 (at the time of application), who has completed his or her degree and who lives or was born in Lower Saxony or Bremen.
In the words of the jury: Christian Retschlag’s black and white photographs are striking in terms of their apparent authenticity, yet they surprise and cofound the viewer in their humorous ambiguity. With unusual attention to detail Retschlag creates pseudo-documentary portraits, which encourage speculation about the history and context of the given motifs.
Susann Dietrich (*1984)
The one-year fellowship for emerging artists, the Nachwuchsstipendium Niedersachsen (January 2015 – December 2015), is presented to a freelance artist living or born in Lower Saxony, who graduated from his or her degree program no more than three years prior to the award.
In the words of the jury: The working method of Susann Dietrich is characterized by a comprehensive investigation of the notion of the archive. Dietrich works with photography, installation, and sculpture. Her point of departure is the appropriation of found objects. She navigates various artistic disciplines with notable confidence, combining them to create complex, large-scale installations.
Laura Bielau (*1981)
The one-year national fellowship for emerging artists, the Nationale Nachwuchsstipendium (January 2016 – December 2016), is awarded to a freelance artist within the first three years after graduation from a degree program. The artist must be a resident of the Federal Republic of Germany.
In the words of the jury: The works of photographer Laura Bielau are consistently defined by a precise and focused vision. Bielau uses the medium of photography in a range of different formal capacities. Her images are founded on her unique pictorial language, which recalls the staged aesthetic of film.