Crowdfunding – Blue Donkey & Red Elephant in Reporters without Borders photobook

The German section of Reporters without Borders is running a crowdfunding campaign for their new photobook to be published on May 3, 2021 and – amongst six other international colleagues – also featuring my work Blue Donkey & Red Elephant on the manufacturing of a political division in the U.S.

A short introduction to my project starts in the middle of the teaser-video at position 01:25;
Thanks to RSF board member Gemma Pörzgen!

Please support RSF & their important commitment!
Thank you!

Apr 1, 2021

Distribution – Organic Farming in Sikkim on INSTITUTE

My reportage work Organic Farming in Sikkim is now featured on the Story Institute website and available for licensing through INSTITUTE artist management

Jan 22, 2021

Distribution – Zimbabwe Friendship Bench on INSTITUTE

My documentary featureZimbabwe Friendship Bench on a therapy project in Harare, Zimbabwe, is now available for licensing through INSTITUTE artist management.

Jan 21, 2021

Distribution – Blue Donkey & Red Elephant on INSTITUTE

Blue Donkey & Red Elephant is now featured on the Story Institute website and available for licensing through INSTITUTE artist management

Jan 14, 2021

New project – Baldur online release

My new collaborative documentary work Baldur is online.

Following my previous work on migration and identity [Displaced – Migration into Germany, 2015-2016], I decided to review this topic five years after the so-called refugee crisis in Europe and Germany.

Based on the question of how integration can take place and what role identity formation plays in this process, I focussed my attention once again on adolescence.

›Baldur‹ is a collaborative photographic documentary project with unaccompanied male under-age migrants and refugees living in a partially supervised housing project in Munich, and with the dedicated youth workers taking care of them.

The work comprises photography, visually appropriated documents, text and video.

Dec 17, 2020

Press – Süddeutsche Zeitung

Today’s issue of Süddeutsche Zeitung features an article about my multimedia project ›Blue Donkey & Red Elephant‹ and the current exhibition in Munich.
Thanks to editor Evelyn Vogel for her interest!

Oct 30, 2020

Takeover – University of the Arts, London

Sharing work from ›Blue Donkey & Red Elephant‹ at University of the Arts London - LCC MAPJD online’s Instagam during the next ten days

Oct 18, 2020

Exhibition – innstallation view

›Blue Donkey & Red Elephant‹ – Installation view from the current exhibition at Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations - Amerikahaus München, Oct 4, 2020 – Apr 30, 2021

Oct 9, 2020

Installation including multiple video-sequences (interviews) displayed on ten tablets iPad Air 10inch 240 x 170mm

TV feature – Bayerisches Fernsehen

A short TV news feature and interview on my project ›Blue Donkey & Red Elephant‹ is broadcasted in Bayerisches Fernsehen Rundschau.

Oct 4, 2020

Artist talk – Amerikahaus

›Blue Donkey & Red Elephant‹Artist talk with Dr. Meike Zwingenberger, Executive Director at Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations - Amerikahaus München, Karolinenplatz 3, 7pm

Oct 2, 2020

Exhibition – opening

›Blue Donkey & Red Elephant‹Exhibition opening tonight at Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations - Amerikahaus München
Doors open 6pm, welcome and introductory remarks at about 7pm; Open end.
Karolinenplatz 3, 80333 München

Background:
More than a year ahead of the Presidential Elections in the U.S., I started working on a multimedia documentary project about the dichotomy of political identities and increasing social divisions.

In consecutive work stays I have photographically followed activists, interest groups and citizens from both sides, also giving them a voice in over a dozen interviews, which are assembled, contrasted and balanced as video sequences along 22 episodes with still-photography in a new multimedia section of my website.

In this exploration, various lifestyles, social settings, perceptions and behaviors within the political spectrum of the U.S. are interconnected and juxtaposed in a complex narrative.

Using the foreground of the electoral cicus, my intention was to look at the sociological backgrounds and establish a deep and  subtle audiovisual narrative in a comprehensive form.

The whole body of work comes as a result of open anthropological field research, and every viewer and recipient is called upon to form his or her own view in the end!

Oct 2, 2020

Radio interview – B2 kulturWelt

I had the chance and honor to be interviewed by precise and well informed journalist Knut Cordsen from Bayern2 Radio’s ›kulturWelt‹ program, on my new work ›Blue Donkey & Red Elephant‹.
Thanks for the knowledgeable questions!
German language only, 7:30min; Audio-play-button above the text!

Oct 1, 2020

Photos by Dok12

Exhibition – install

›Blue Donkey & Red Elephant‹ – Exibition preparations and installation at Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations - Amerikahaus München.

Oct 1, 2020

Exhibition – install

A great thanks to a fantastic install-team: @janaislinger, @dianascheibe, @linda.no, @sniklerz, @fabianriedel_ from Dok12 – Kollektiv!

Oct 1, 2020

Edition – Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

The CAC features work from my Displaced‹ project in their annual benefit auction among other contributing artists, notably such renowned masters as Vhils, Claes Oldenburg, Zaha Hadid & many others, to whom I bow with respect and veneration!

Aug 12, 2020

Teaching – Munich University of Applied Sciences

Dok12 website and online platform:

During the summer semester I’ve been teaching photojournalism and documentary photography at Munich University of Applied Sciences / Faculty of Design. Together with my students we developed an online platform that went live today.

In this online forum and digital exhibition, all sixteen participants present the projects that were developed during the collaboration. The presentation and discourse format of the website is potentially designed as an expandable archive and open platform.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the entire course was taught online and all students, during the production of their projects, had to face distinct legal regulations and far-reaching restrictions. Therefore, my respect goes to all participants for their inventiveness, persistence and remarkable results!

July 27, 2020

Tearsheets – Themmuns in Stern magazine

Tonight at midnight the United Kingdom will leave the European Union.
As part of the UK, Northern Ireland will have to leave as well eventhough its local majority voted to remain…

One of the images from my Themmuns body of work from NI is featured in this week’s issue of ›Stern‹ magazine, along with a satirical poem by Thomas Gsella:

›Gewonnen haben freche feiste Lügen
Von Johnson und Farage und einem Bus,
Der leuchtete vom Wirklichkeitsverbiegen
So schamrot, wie ein Lügner leuchten muss‹

Jan 31, 2020

Artist talk – laif agency biennial meeting

Along with other great speakers, tonight I was invited to talk about some of my personal projects and a process during a long journey within my photographic practice at the biennial meeting of laif photo agency in Cologne. Photo by Julia Knop

Dec 7, 2019

Exhibition – installation view

›Displaced‹ installation view, exhibition at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Curated by Valentine Umansky

Sept 21, 2019

Exhibition – newsprint

Newsprint, 25,5x35cm, 32 pages

Exhibition – video

Video 5:38min, mixed audio sources

Exhibition – venue

›Displaced‹ at Contemporary Arts Center, Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Building’s kinetic architecture by Zaha Hadid
Exhibition curated by Valentine Umansky

Sept 20 – Oct 27, 2019

Exhibition – artist talk

›Displaced‹, artist talk at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

Sept 21, 2019

Exhibition – opening

›Displaced‹ exhibition opening visitors leaving Contemporary Arts Center, Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Sept 20, 2019

Exhibition – ›Displaced‹ opening at CAC Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

In his series ›Displaced‹, German visual artist Jens Schwarz explores the topic of migration during the so called ‚refugee crisis‘, a peak period in terms of numbers, in Germany between September 2015 and April 2016.

Schwarz‘ inquiry is devoted to displaced migrants, which he photographed upon their arrival, and records different stages of hope and despair throughout a journey towards an anticipated, improved future. The work also reflects on authorities‘ interventions, administrative responses and social interaction within our fragmented contemporary society.

The exhibition, held at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, is comprised of photographic prints, video and a newspaper publication, which includes prints and various texts collected from both media-sources and the artist‘s personal archives.

Opening, Sept 20, 2019, 7 pm

Contemporary Arts Center 
Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art  
44 E. 6th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

Sept 20 – 0ct 27, 2019

Exhibition – curation

Preparing my ›Displaced‹ exhibition with Valentine Umansky, curator of Lens-Based Arts at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

Thank you so much for your dedicated collaboration and for having me! Photo by Asa Featherstone

Sept 19, 2019

Exhibition – install

Best install-team ever! Thanks to Joe Civitello, Cecilia, Justin West, Asa and all others at Contemporary Arts Center for their super professional contribution to the exhibition set-up!
Opening tomorrow night at 7pm

Sept 19, 2019

Publication – newsprint

›Displaced‹ newsprint publication on the occasion of my upcoming solo-exhibition at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

Graphic design by Martin Steiner

Sept 2, 2019

Shortlist – Themmuns at Unseen Amsterdam

›Themmuns‹ has been shortlisted at Unseen Amsterdam Dummy Award 2019.
Thanks to Daria Tuminas! 

Sept 1, 2019

Online feature – Themmuns on De Correspondent

A large set of images from my ›Temmuns‹ work featured in a current report covering the situation in Northern Ireland on De Correspondent, a wonderful and new online journalism platform for ›unbreaking news‹ based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Text by young Irish journalist Luke Sharkey, for now only in Dutch

July 26, 2019

Curating & Teaching – FOTODOKS Student Award

As a co-curator of this year’s edition of FOTODOKS - Festival für Dokumentarfotografie, I have co-initiated a Student-Award, addressed to the students of Munich University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Design, specializing in photography.

In the summer semester 2019, the participants were given the opportunity to work intensively on a project topic in the field of documentary photography in a teaching-cooperation with FOTODOKS – and submit their work into the Student-Award.

The winning work will be presented in October as part of FOTODOKS 2019.

The submissions of all participants of the cooperation are showcased at the Faculty’s annual exhibition at project room X 1.003, upper level.

Opening tonight, 18.7.2019, 19:00, Lothstraße 17, Zeughaus, 80335 Munich

Foto: © Johanna Weber from her winning work ›Schöne neue Welt‹

July 18, 2019

Finalist – Themmuns at Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards

Louise’s portrait from the Irish-Catholic Carrick Hill section of my ›Themmuns‹ work is among the finalists at Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards / Portrait Photography Prize and will be exhibited at Ilham Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from September 14 - 22, 2019.

June 15, 2019

Photo by Susanne Groeger

On display – Themmuns at Arsenali Fotografici in Verona, Italy

My Themmuns work will be exhibited at Grenze Arsenali Fotografici Photo Festival in Verona, Italy from May 31 to June 2.

Opening May 31 night at 7pm

May 31 – June 2, 2019

Interview – Arsenali Fotografici, Verona, Italy

Simone Azzoni, the festival’s artistic director, leads an interview with me on my photographic work.

May 31, 2019

Panel discussion – Arsenali Fotografici, Verona, Italy

I was invited to a panel discussion with Simone Azzoni, Francesca Marra, Yvonne de Rosa, Arianna Novaga and others. Below: Themmuns installation view

May 31, 2019

Screening – Temmuns at Riga Photomonth, Latvia

Tonight my Themmuns work will be screened at Riga Photomonth in the festival‘s projection of works under the theme ›Eating Pineapples on the Moon‹ at Kaņepes Culture Centre, Riga, Republic of Latvia.

May 15, 2019

Shortlist – Themmuns at PhEST festival internazionale di fotografia e arte, Monopoli, Italy

Themmuns is shortlisted for the solo exhibition at PhEST as part of the PHmuseum 2019 Photography Grant.

Apr 15, 2019

Artist talk – Themmuns at Fototreff Berlin BOOK SLOT [#28]

Tonight I’m invited to talk about my Themmuns book project at Fototreff Berlin’s BOOK SLOT [#28] amongst other amazing photography enthusiats contributing to the evening in discussions and presentations.
If you’re interested, please join us 7pm at Prinzessinnenstrasse 16, 10969 Berlin, rear building 1st floor

Mar 30, 2019

Photos by Anna Charlotte Schmid

Tearsheets – The New York Times

The New York Times features my portrait of Russian film critic Maya Turovskaya who recently passed away.
Rest in Peace, Maya!

Maya Turovskaya was once called “the Susan Sontag of Soviet aesthetic thought,” and also co-wrote a popular documentary in the 1960s that drew parallels between Stalin-era totalitarianism and Nazism.

Mar 27, 2019

On display – Themmuns at FORMAT International Photography Festival, Derby, UK

Themmuns is exhibited at the University of Derby festival venue from March 15 to April 14, 2019
I will be present during the opening weekend.

Mar 14, 2019

Installation view

Tearsheets – Themmuns in DAS MAGAZIN (CH)

Today’s print issue of DAS MAGAZIN Zuerich features a brilliant longread by Jonas Vogt on how Brexit impacts on social divisions and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland.
With photographs from my Themmuns body of work.

Distribution via INSTITUTE

Feb 23, 2019

Winner – Themmuns in Gomma Grant 2018

›Themmuns‹ wins Gomma Grant 2018 Best Color Picture

Thank you for the colours, Northern Ireland.
And sorry for the troubles, Northern Ireland!

Feb 21, 2019

Shortlist – Themmuns at Copenhagen Photo Festival

›Themmuns‹ is shortlisted for a solo exhibition at 2019 Copenhagen Photo Festival, Denmark.
Looking forward to the final jury dicision!

Feb 20, 2019

On display – Themmuns at PHOTO IS:RAEL

Themmuns is part of the festival-exhibition curated by Maya Anner at PHOTO IS:RAEL 2018 in Tel Aviv from 22.11 – 1.12.2018

Nov 22, 2018

Catalogue

Installation view

Finalist – Themmuns in 2018 Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography

Amazing choice and variety of photographic work in the Meitar-Award finalist selection that I really feel honored to be part of with my Themmuns work.
Showcased in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Nov 1, 2018

Top three finalist – Themmuns at Photobook Week Aarhus Dummy Award

Themmuns became top three finalist at Photobook Week Aarhus Dummy Award 2018!

Much obliged for being invited to Denmark 4-7 October this year! 

Oct 4, 2018

Showcase – Themmuns at Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles

›Themmuns‹ is presented at the screenings in Arles.
My gratitude to what music can amazingly add to the pictures! Music credited in the video.

Jul 6, 2018

LUMA Rencontres Dummy Book Award showroom in Arles

Nominated – Themmuns at LUMA Rencontres Dummy Book Award

My ›Themmuns‹ book-concept has been nominated for the LUMA Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles 2018.

Jul 3, 2018

Finalist – Themmuns at Getxophoto

My Themmuns - work is among the finalists at Getxophoto Festival, Basque Country! 

Jun 29, 2018

Getxophoto 2018 catalogue

Online feature – CNN London

CNN London features an assigned story on lacking places to pray for Munich Muslims.
Text by Judith Vonberg

Sept 29, 2017

Exhibition – Mleeta at Panama Plus curated by Der Greif

A large scale wall paper print from my work ›Mleeta‹ from South Lebanon’s Hezbollah theme park is showcased as an outdoor installation at Panama Plus 2017 - Festival for Arts and Social Impact, in Munich, curated by Der Greif.

Jun 26 – Jul 2, 2017

Monograph – Displaced booklet (2016)

A selection from my ›Displaced‹ work is compiled as a photo-essay in a small booklet and now published with 100FOR10.

During a peak period of migrant streams towards central Europe in late 2015 and early 2016 I photographed aspects of the situation at German border crossings, train stations, emergency shelters and refugee camps.

My respect and gratitude to all the human beings I had the chance to get in touch with and photograph on their exhausting and burdensome journey to an aspired better living!

Jun 14, 2016

Exhibition – Jama ko at Easyupstream gallery, Munich

I was invited by Lars Harmsen to contribute to a group show at Easyupstream gallery, Munich. I contribute with a piece from my Jama ko work from Bamako, Mali.
Opening tonight 7pm.

Dec 14, 2015

Blog article – Jahalin on Mutantspace

Mutantspace features an artice on myJahalin‹ project from the Wast Bank territories.

Mar 31, 2015

Exhibition – Beirut Eight Thirteen at Stadtmuseum München

My long form documentary project Beirut Eight Thirteen is being showcased in a solo exhibition at Stadtmuseum München.

Opening Thursday, June 12 at 6pm;

Jun 12, 2014

Installation view

Monograph – Beirut Eight Thirteen published with book with a beard

My long form documentary project ›Beirut Eight Thirteen‹ is now available as a photobook published by book with a beard and designed by Martin Steiner.

Softcover 23,5x31cm, 83 photos, 92 pages
Words by Charbel Haber and Krystel Khoury

book with a beard press info:
Over a period of five years, Jens Schwarz had noumerous chances to visit Beirut and follow tense but exciting everyday life of several people. His observations of street live, reportages of political events, portraits and interviews with people that became friends, and further texts by Krystel Khoury and Charbel Haber allow us an unusual and intense insight about life in the beautiful, tender but rather unstable and rough capital of Lebanon.
For everyone who always wanted to visit Beirut, those who did and miss it, and those who never thought about Beirut but with a favor for good photography in an appropriate comprehensive form.

May 30, 2014

Online feature – Cairo Disconnected on Der Greif

My documentary work Cairo Disconnected is featured on Der Greif.

Jul 9, 2013

Online feature – Mleeta on Der Greif

My documentary series Mleeta - Hezbollah Theme Park from South Lebanon‹ is featured on Der Greif.

Jul 3, 2013

Online feature – Mali Coup d’Etat on Vice.com

A report on my experiences in the Coup d’Etat during my stay in Bamako, Mali in March 2012 is featured on Vice.
I authored both photos & text (German language only). 

May 21, 2012

Exhibition – Beirut Zero Eight at Kunsthalle Lothringer 13

My long form documentary project Beirut Zero Eight is nomminated for the Photography Award of the City of Munich and part of a group show at Kunsthalle Lothringer 13 in Munich.

May 8, 2009