Culture - NOMINEE: Julia Horbaschk
From Pier to Pier on Usedom
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Despite an influx of 1.2m refugees over the past two years, Germany’s population faces near-irreversible decline. The east’s population will shrink from 12.5m in 2016 to 8.7m by 2060, according to government statistics (The Economist). Some cities have lost 1/3 of their inhabitants and numbers are still shrinking. Paradoxically, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, enjoys the status of being Germany's most popular tourist resort with 25 million overnight stays.
Facing East onto the Polish border and the Baltic Sea lies the island of Usedom. It is also known as “the bathtub of Berlin” and used to be a socialist mass tourism destination. I want to bring Usedom back onto the cultural map. In 1945 the eastern part of the island was assigned to Poland, German inhabitants were expelled to the west. Little known to many, the V2 Rocket was built and tested here.
The transient nature of the island, it's political history and it's people make for a photographic journey of beauty, tension and hidden drama. This is not the Germany we know.
Going from "Pier to Pier" the character of each place changes. Different architectural styles but also social differences become visible as you head East and meet people along the way.
Julia Horbaschk is a producer, photographer and self-taught film maker.
Born 1976, Muensingen, near Stuttgart (Germany).
Published work includes: BBC World, Marie Claire, Location Location Location, Wavelength magazine, Hotshoe International, British Journal of Photography. She has broadcast credits as producer for Channel 4 Random Acts and BBC South East. Commissions include: Interviewing Magnum Photographers Alec Soth, Chris Steele-Perkins and Rupert Grey and for Ideas Tap,
Julia has delivered workshops & talks in HE, FE, Adult Education, community groups and gallery settings including Morley College, London Metropolitan University, City of Westminster College, Bhasvic, Brighton & Hove Museum, BDF, Montefiore Hospital.
She enjoys working with community groups and has experience with refugee & migrant communities, disabled communities, the elderly and people with mental health and cognitive impairments.
Her work has been shown in galleries and Photo Festivals including Brighton Photo Fringe (UK), Ningbo Photo Festival (China), Goethe Institute (London UK), CNova Edinburgh (UK)
Disability Arts and Outsider Art advocate.
MA International Photojournalism (Bolton/ China)
PGCE, Institute of Education (UCL)
BA Hons Editorial Photography (Brighton)
Currently resides in the South East of England.