Photographer of the Week #185: Stefanie Moshammer

Stefanie Moshammer (b. 1988, AT) lives and works in Austria, where she received a BA in Graphic Design and Photography from the University of Art and Design. In 2015 her first photo-book “Vegas and She” got published by Fotohof edition, followed by “Land of Black Milk” published by Skinnerboox in 2017. Moshammer has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Photography Museum C/O Berlin, as a result of winning the C/O Berlin Talent Award.

From her series Land of Black Milk:

You can try to identify beauty and cruelty, truth and lie, good and bad.
Yet there is no universal instruction for it. If we have no guarantee that we all see the same,
the only point we will meet is the stillness of an idea. Who can tell if the world is happy or sad, black or grey?

Seduction and corruption, stimulation and frustration, desire and gunfires.
You are a certain kind of wild if you are from here. A craze that jumps across your glimpses.
To be so perfect, but there is no sophistication here; no quest for an ideal.

Rio de Janeiro is not so much one city as different worlds. Multiplied realities of one place and the space in between. A two-ness, two warring ideals in one body with an inherently split personality. In there, favelas are everywhere – they are in the heart of the metropolis, in the periphery, in every corner of the city.
And they stand in sharp contrast to the asphalted city nearby. This is were the common law doesn’t count, there, their own rules exist. It’s the palace of the traffickers – their hidden  space; as well as home for those who are working for the people in the wealthy South Zone.
The two-ness of a land, vulnerable and powerful at the same time.

For more information on Moshammer’s work visit her website.