about Carla Kogelman

In an idealized world, peace is the visualization of the paradise lost long ago. And, as life goes… Suddenly you hit on the series by photographer Carla Kogelman. Her work comes across as a bit old-fashioned. It plays with the idea of the “good old times”, the atmosphere of a happy childhood.

Carefree, honest, unpretentious, incorruptible. What you see in her black-and-white photographs is an era of inquisitiveness, cheerfulness and warmth. It makes you all melancholy and calm. These are moments of sheer magic that Carla has captured. Moments of a pristine nature, intact. Magical and outmoded. Peace is love, tolerance, acceptance and freedom. Emotionally free, rationally unbound. Peace emerges from within, from contentment, serenity, confidence and appreciation.

Born in a small village, in the rural countryside in the eastern part of the Netherlands, Carla grew up in special circumstances without the care of a real father. When she was 2 years old he had a tragic accident, his motor crashed and Carla’s sister died. The man was badly physically and mentally injured and returned home with the brains and the behavior of a child. The family was heavily marked with this.

Carla has worked in the theatre industry for 25 years. In December 2011, she graduated at the Foto Academie Amsterdam. In 2012, she was commissioned by Szene Bunte Wähne, a youth theater festival in Austria, to make a documentary about the Waldviertel, a rural area between Vienna and the Czech Republic. The result is Ich bin WaldviertelI am Waldviertel — a charming story about Hannah & Alena, two sisters living in a small village with 170 inhabitants. Carla continued the series in 2013, 2014 and 2015. She won the 1st place in The Documentary & Street Category in the 2nd Half of B&W CHILD PHOTO COMPETITION, in 2014.

“In my work I capture the daily life of people, and I focus especially on children. Being around the same people for a long time, I try to become invisible. This gives me the opportunity to get a good insight into the lives of the subjects and to reach the real story behind what is observed superficially.

Most fascinating to me is how the children in different circumstances interact with each other, how their bodies communicate, and how the relationships emerge and evolve.



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