I investigate in the traces and habitats of modern civilization. The artefacts and finds in the public space reveal the relationship between culture and the environment. I am fascinated by scenes that radiate an almost ghostly calm. Several atmospheric backdrops express the lack of orientation and the insignificance of human existence.
In another field of work I focus on the balancing act between photography and painting. As a hunter and collector, my archive is the starting point for these works. Various techniques from the photography and the painting are used for the works.
Matthias Forster was born in Switzerland in 1976. He graduated as an architect in Basel and Berlin. Later on he attended a self-taught photographer class and completed his photography studies at the Swiss school of journalism. In the last 15 years he travelled Asia extensively and spent a lot of time exploring major cities. In addition to his work as an artist, he works as an architect. As a visual he artist he primarily working on long-term projects.
AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS
2019 Emergentes 2019 – International Photography Award Encontros da Imagem / finalist
2019 LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2019 / METROPOLIS SUNDAY/ featured in the Competition Gallery
2019 LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2019 / CHONGQING/ featured in the Competition Gallery
2019 Fribourg Photography Investigation 2019 / A EXPLORATION / qualified for second round
2019 Athens Photo Festival / shortlisted
2018 Lifeframer / Faces of Life: Where Soul meets Body / MUMBAI GENDER ROLE / Editors Pick
2018 Swiss Scool of Journalism (MAZ) / group exhibition / Lucern
2017 «fragil» / group exhibition / BelleVue / BREATHING SPACE OF HERMES / Basel
2012 Inkognito¡ #2 / group exhibition / kunstraum KEHLHOF / Stäfa
2017 CHONGQING - TRACES OF DIVERGENCE *
2017 A EXPLORATION *
2017 ALLEGORY OF INTIMACY *
2016–2017 BREATHING SPACE OF HERMES
2014 MUMBAI GENDER ROLE
2013 METROPOLIS SUNDAY
2010–2011 ASIAN WALLS
2014-2016 VARIOUS COLLAGES
near. swiss association for contemporary photography
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