"This is so exciting. I am so so happy. And feel very lucky!!" so die Wahl-New Yorkerin Nashalina Schrape über ihre GoSeeAWARD15 ART Auszeichnung im Public Voting für ihre schwarz/weiße Bilderserie 'True Fiction'. Nashalina Schrape gewann in 2015 darüber hinaus bei den GoSeeAWARDS Reportage Gold.
Nashalina Schrape über ihr Projekt True Fiction: "This project attempts to make sense of a world that can be at once beautiful, uncertain, fragile and frightening. Like fairytales, I hope my photographs inspire awe, otherworldliness, and mystery. Wavering in between the realm of ethereal and everyday, darkness and light, my images give the viewer the opportunity to become enlightened through their own projections. A happy ending is possible but not a given. The viewer is asked to create their own dialogue and story.
I was born in Berlin, Germany with the legacy of violence of World War II, the shame of Nazism and the separation of my family by a heavily armed wall that was fortified by a heavy Soviet occupation. As the Russian Army was invading Berlin at the end of WW2, my grandmother burned all of the photos of her husband in his German SS uniform, to protect her and her daughter from violent retribution. Using my art, I attempt to bridge the disappearance of the image of my grandfather and him to the representation of my families story and every person's story that is at once a myriad of feelings, deep with emotional material mostly outside the possibility of verbal articulation.
My images provide metaphors for feelings, experiences and memories. It is in the journey into the beautiful dark forest that we find ourselves and the hard cycles of life. It is in the not knowing, the in between spaces that we meet ourselves. Artists who have inspired me are eastern european children's book illustrators including Janosch, Ivan Bilibin, along with the painter Caspar David Friedrich and the photographer Diane Arbus."
About - Nashalina Schrape was born in West Berlin. Her family continues to live in East and West Berlin. Growing up, she came to America. All of her adult life she has lived in New York City where she continues to be most at home with all the different cultures and beautiful faces. Parts of her heart will forever live in East Berlin but her soul is free-est in Gotham City. Nashalina has a Master's of Science in Art Psychotherapy and occasionally uses photography with her pediatric clients. Otherwise, she uses the camera to express herself and showcase faces, lights and dreams.