czwartek, 10 marca 2011

Joakim Eskildsen

Joakim Eskildsen urodził się w Kopenhadze w 1971 roku, gdzie pobierał nauki u nadwornej fotograf, pani Rigmor Mydtskov.

W 1994 roku przeniósł się do Finlandii, aby studiować projektowanie albumów fotograficznych u Jyrkiego Parantainena i Penttiego Sammallahtiego na Uniwersytecie Sztuki i Projektowania w Helsinkach, który ukończył tytułem magistra fotografii w 1998 roku.

Swoje projekty często realizuje we współpracy z pisarką Cią Rinne, a jego publikacje obejmują Nordic Signs (1995), Bluetide (1997), iChickenMoon (1999), za którą otrzymał nagrodę dla najlepszego zagranicznego tytułu roku 2000 w ramach Photo-Eye Books & Prints Annual Awards. W 2002 we współpracy z Kristofferem Albrechtem i Penttim Sammallahtim opublikował portfolio al-Madina, a album Roma Journeys (Wyd. Steidl 2007), został wyróżniony nagrodą Amilcare Ponchielli w 2008, Deutscher Fotobuchpreis (Gold) w 2009, nagrodą Otto Pankok Promotion Prize i medalem Davida Octaviusa Hilla, przyznawanym przez Deutsche Fotografische Akademie również w roku 2009.

Joakim obecnie mieszka i pracuje w Berlinie.

"Between 2000 and 2006 I together with writer Cia Rinne undertook travels in seven different countries with a view to gaining an insight into the life of the Roma and the conditions they face. We always tried to spend a considerable length of time among the people whom we wanted to learn about and, if possible, to live with them for a while.
It was our own interest that initially took us to the Roma streets in Hevesaranyos in northeast Hungary, where we spent four months at the home of Magda, an elderly Roma. The other journeys to Romania, India and our travels in Finland came about through personal contact, while in Greece and Russia we were initially assisted by human rights organizations and in France by the Centre de recherches tsiganes in Paris.

These Roma journeys were by no means meticulously planned, and instead the product of a number of coincidences that enabled us to come into contact with the Roma. We endeavored to communicate directly with them. In most countries this was possible, and while in Russia and India we were accompanied on our travels, and thus had willing assistance.

We have frequently been asked what had triggered our interest in the Roma, but we were unable to provide a definitive, let alone exhaustive answer. What is certain is that once we hard started we were unable to simply stop continuing with the project. The more we found out about the Roma and got to know them, the more our interest in and liking for them grew.

In keeping with the different countries traveled, the photographic body of work is divided into seven series, the sequence of which roughly corresponds to the chronology of our journeys."