Curriculum Vitae


fotokunst, porträt, künstlerische fotografie, jürgen sobkowiak, künstler aus aachen, konzeptuelle fotografie

 

My art arises from a pressure of suffering

Jürgen Sobkowiak

 

Born in Würselen near Aachen in 1970, the photo artist came to artistic photography late in life due to life-changing events and initially completed a commercial apprenticeship with a Chamber of Industry and Commerce qualification. He was already interested in art at a young age and was involved in drawing, photography and literature. At the end of the nineties, he taught himself photography through self-study and in the following years concretised his own artistic language. From then on, he worked on photographic series, which he developed over a longer period of time.

 

Jürgen Sobkowiak's works often have an absurd underlying mood. They visualise the fragile border between normal and disturbed, inside and outside, real and surreal. The often psychologically charged photographs examine human behaviour and explore profound themes such as identity, self-perception and the tension between man and space. Surrealist and irrational subjects, in which he brings together contradictory elements and questions, challenges and provokes the viewer's perception, are another core element of his work.

 

Jürgen Sobkowiak only went public with his art in 2019. In 2022, he self-published his first photo book Mensch|Raum with performative works from the series Mensch-Raum-Studien. Two further photo books followed in 2023 (Unkunst) and 2024 (Die Dinge bleiben).

 

The self-taught photographer always works alone, using daylight as his only light source and organising the meticulously planned image composition according to unconventional rules. In order to preserve authenticity, he does not use AI or digital post-processing.

 

He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2021.


Personal information

 

1970

Born in Wuerselen near Aachen

 


1988

Three-year commercial apprenticeship with IHK qualification

 


1997

Start of self-study photography

 


2017

Marriage

 


Group exhibitions

 

2024

One Shot Award, BBA Gallery, Berlin

 


2023

Out From The Mist, Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery, Australia

 


2022

Der Greif - The Collectivity Issue, Paris Photo, France

 

Out From The Mist, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Australia

 

Die Kunst des Scheiterns, Peter-Weiss-Haus e.V., Rostock

 

Wort im Bild, Robert-Musil-Literatur-Museum, Klagenfurt

 


2021

Berlin Photo Week, BBA Photography Prize, Berlin

 

New Currents, BBA Gallery, Berlin

 

Malamegi Lab 17 Art Prize, Hernandez Art Gallery, Milan (cancelled)

 


2020

Gauting International Photo Week, Kunstverein Gauting, Munich (cancelled)

 

VIEphoto, Galerie LIK, Vienna

 


Awards / Nominations

 

2024

One Shot Award, Shortlist, BBA Gallery, Berlin

 


2023

Wiener Werkstattpreis für Literatur und Fotografie, Finalist, Vienna

 

BBA Photography Prize, Longlist, BBA Gallery, Berlin

 


2022

Artist window, Kunstwettbewerb, second place, Bremen

 

Wort im Bild, fourth place, Klagenfurt

 


2021

Malamegi Lab Art Prize, nomination for the Art prize, Milan

 


2020

 Vienna International Photo Award, winner of the Special Prize, Wien

 

Photographie, winner of the third place, magazine, Issue 1-2/20, Tostedt

 


2019

Schwarzweiss, magazine, issue 131 (Aug./Sept. 2019), Steinfurt

 


Publications / Catalogues

 

2024

Jürgen Sobkowiak: Die Dinge bleiben, self-published

 


2023

Jürgen Sobkowiak: Unkunst, self-published

 


2022

Jürgen Sobkowiak: Mensch|Raum, self-published

 

Wort im Bild – 100 ausgezeichnete Fotografien, Heyn

 


2021

Vienna International Photo Award, exhibition book, Blurb

 

Malamegi Lab 17 Art Contest, exhibition book

 


Press

 

2023

Photographie, magazine, issue 1-2/24, Tostedt

 

Colors, Dodho Magazine, book

 

Der Greif, Artist Feature, blog-article

 


2022

Der Greif, magazine, issue 15 (The Collectivity Issue)

 

Tagree – Das Online Magazin für Fotografie und Kunst

 


Recognitions

 

2021

Luxembourg Art Prize, certificate, Pinacothèque museum, Luxemburg

 


Works for sale

 

2021-2024

Artsy, selected works, New York City

 


Collaborations

 

2023

Emanuel M. Fróesmusic video: Life suite, in 6 movements

 


2020

Emanuel M. Fróesmusic video: Sonambulus, Poem X (or: The Sound Of My Wall)

 


Works

 

2024

Aus den Fugen

 


2023-2024

Die Dinge bleiben

 


2022-2024

Pop Muzik

 


2022-2024

Kunstfug

 


2019-2023

Papierfetzen

 


2017-2023

Mensch-Raum-Studien

  • 27 Knochen
  • Anti-Porträt
  • Kellerparadoxien
  • Außendrin
  • Mensch|Raum
  • Druckstellen
  • Kokon
  • Müde
  • Inwändig

2017-2020

Unkunst

 


2016-2020

Interieurs

 


2016-2019

Schlimmschwarz