So, the cat is out of the bag, my series Art. 115 has been shortlisted by the World Photography Organisation in the category Professional–Conceptual at the Sony World Photography Awards 2017!
This was among some 110'270 images entered in the Pro competition (more than 227'000 overall), I am beyond stoked right now, and of course truly honoured to be a part of this. The overall winners will be revealed April 20, 2017 but winning and shortlisted images alike will be exhibited in London April 21 – May 7, 2017.
As you may or may not know, this series deals with the topic of assisted death in Switzerland, a subject which I explored during my Master's thesis last year and which, in an unexpected turn of events, has just recently become front-page news again here in Switzerland. To me, this proves the discussion is still relevant and far from being exhausted.
Unfortunately, a lot of inaccuracies are reported in articles floating around and people prefer to talk with their guts instead of their brain anyway, but this shouldn't be an excuse to pretend to ignore the how's and why's. Those requests for assistance aren't just born on a whim, but come from a centuries-long societal shift. Keep in mind that this is but one answer, neither right nor wrong—as with many things, there's not a one-size-fits-all. My hope, though, is that this matter will be further discussed in a more in-depth, honest way, not just here but abroad as well.
While it's been rather quiet around here, last week I actually had the time to take part in a mini kabaret organised by the local Kino cell (www. tikino. ch). The principle is to create, shoot and screen one or more short films in just 48h. These are…