Photography Sascha Weidner

  •  Sascha Weidner © Goethe-Institut China
    Artist Talk by Sascha Weidner at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre
  •  Sascha Weidner © Goethe-Institut China
    Artist Talk by Sascha Weidner at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre
  •  Sascha Weidner © Goethe-Institut China
    2 catalogues of Sascha Weidner, published on the occasion of the Artist Residency at Tree Shadows Photography Art Center Beijing with the support of the Goethe-Institut China


Sascha Weidner was born in Georgsmarienhütte (near Osnabrück) in 1976, and later moved to Belm (also near Osnabrück) and Berlin. He studied photography and painting at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig, where he was a master student with Professor Dörte Eissfeldt, and graduated in 2003 with a degree in fine arts. He has won several grants and prizes for his work, including an Entrepreneur 4.0 Award in 2013. His current works were featured in a solo show called Aokigahara at Palov’s Dog in Berlin as well as the exhibition A part of it in 2013 at the VGH Gallery in Hannover.


In 2014 Sascha Weidner was a Goethe-Institut China photographer-in-residence for two months in Beijing, during which he lived at the Three Shadows Gallery studio in Caochangdi, an urban village and renowned arts district in the northeast part of the city. 


Over the course of his sojourn in Beijing, he photographed a great deal and developed new ideas. Time and again he explored various facets of the city, discovering new perspectives, which he linked together through association, thereby creating his own, very personal access to the bustling urban scene.
Upon his return to Germany, he presented the photographic results of his trip to China in a solo show entitled The Presence of Absence at Galerie Conrads in Düsseldorf in November and December 2014.


His latest two projects were to be shown from the end of July 2015 in the Hofheim am Taunus municipal museum as part of the Ray 2015 Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain, a photography festival in Frankfurt. One of them was an exhibition entitled Travelling through China, his first public showing of pictures he’d taken in the autumn of 2014 during his Goethe-Institut China residency in Beijing.


But Sascha Weidner unexpectedly died of a heart attack on 9 April 2015 at only 39 years of age. The Goethe-Institut China was shocked to learn of his far too early death and mourns the passing of this terrific photographer and person.