°1973, Wuppertal (DE) – lives and works in Berlin (DE)
Tobias Zielony is known for his photographic depiction of juvenile minorities in suburban areas – a subject he already set out with during his studies. For his first book project Behind the Block (2004) he extended his research to a total of four European cities to observe adolescents in public spaces often during night times. Themes and social realities his research touches upon include structural change, migration and drug abuse, as well as sexwork as shown in Big Sexyland (2006-2008) and Jenny, Jenny (2013). For Manitoba (2009-2011) Tobias Zielony spent time with adolescents of indigenous origins living in Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba, Canada.
His critical approach to documentarism manifests in a specific aesthetic and relationship with fiction. People are often portrayed in a casual fashion that is sensitive of the visual language, gestures and poses a person uses to set their stage.
(courtesy of KOW, Berlin)
Tobias Zielony - Yusuke 2020
Tobias Zielony - Vela Azzurra, 2010
Tobias Zielony - Secret, 2017
Tobias Zielony - Red Mask, 2019
Tobias Zielony - Two boys, 2008
Tobias Zielony - Cover, 2017
Tobias Zielony had solo exhiobitions at Philadelphia Museum of Art; Centre de la Photographie, Geneve; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Kunstverein Dortmund; Kunstverein Hamburg; and Centre PasquArt, Biel. Group shows include BOZAR, Brussels; KW, Berlin; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Ludwig Forum, Aachen; Pinakothek der Moderne, München; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Zielony also participated at a group show for the German Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale
Tobias Zielony is represented by the following galleries;
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Tobias Zielony - Make Up, 2017
Tobias Zielony - Ball 13, 2008
Tobias Zielony - Aral-1, 2004
Tobias Zielony - Andrej, 2016
Tobias Zielony - Hochhaus, 2003
Tobias Zielony - Hansha, 2019, Installation view at Museum Folkswang, Essen
Tobias Zielony - Maskirovka, Installation view at KOW, Berlin in 2018
Tobias Zielony - Installation view of Story : No Story, at Kunstverein in Hamburg in 2010