Tuesday Nov 28, 2023

Boris Eldagsen, visual artist | EP59 Subtext & Discourse Art World Podcast

Boris Eldagsen was born in Pirmasens, West Germany, in 1970.

He studied media and drama, philosophy, and German studies at the University of Cologne (1991–92). From 1992 to 1998 he concurrently studied philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, and visual art at Mainz Academy of Fine Arts. During that time, he also studied visual art at the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication in the University of Hyderabad, India (1994); and conceptual art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Czech Republic (1995).

He has presented nine solo exhibitions in Australia, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom including those at the Rencontres d’Arles, Edinburgh Art Festival, and the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney.

His work has featured in twenty-one group exhibitions and festivals in Asia, Europe, and South America including Chobi Mela in Bangladesh; Encontros da Imagem in Braga, Portugal; FestFoto in Porto Alegre, Brazil; FORMAT Festival in Derby, United Kingdom; and PhotoVisa in Krasnodar, Russia.

He has won a number of awards including the Voies-Off Award, Arles (2014); best show at FORMAT festival, Derby (2015); and the Open Competition Creative prize at the Sony World Photography Awards (2023), which he declined to accept. Boris Eldagsen is a member of Deutsche Fotografische Akademie, responsible for their online activities, and, since 2019, a digital consultant to Roger Ballen.

He lives and works in Berlin.


Interview with Boris Eldagsen recorded by Michael Dooney on 6. July 2023 at the LUMA Foundation in Arles, France.



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