Tobias Kruse

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In his photographic project, Tobias Kruse, born in Mecklenburg in 1979 and raised in Schwerin, Germany, focuses on the feelings of fear, anger and aggression in the contemporary East German society, that remind him of his youth in the 1990s after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The title of his work Deponie (Deposit) refers to his starting point, the toxicwaste dump Ihlenberg near Schwerin, where the former FRG and Western Europe disposed their toxic waste. The actual danger that comes from it could never be fully clarified. Nowadays the waste is covered and therefore invisible like relics from the past that still exist but are no longer visible.

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Tobias Kruse, DEPONIE #004 © Tobias Kruse, 2020
Tobias Kruse, DEPONIE #024 © Tobias Kruse, 2020
Tobias Kruse, DEPONIE #010 © Tobias Kruse, 2020
Tobias Kruse, DEPONIE #013 © Tobias Kruse, 2020
Tobias Kruse, DEPONIE #023 © Tobias Kruse, 2020
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Tobias Kruse

Tobias Kruse was born in Mecklenburg in 1979, he grew up in Schwerin and currently lives in Berlin. From 1996 to 2000 he studied graphic design, in 2000 he moved to Berlin and worked as a graphic designer for a newspaper publisher. From 2005 to 2007 he studied photography at the Ostkreuzschule with Prof. Ute Mahler, and then attended Prof. Arno Fischer’s master class from 2008 to 2009. He then took photographs on commission and was also head of photography for the magazines “Dummy” and “Fluter”. He has been a member of the Ostkreuz Photography Agency since March 2011. Since 2017 Kruse has been teaching at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie.

Tobias Kruse mainly dedicates himself to personal artistic-documentary photo projects, but also works for magazines, institutions and individuals.

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© Photo: Olympus/ Niklas Nischke

Curator’s Statement

The visual language of the German photographer Tobias Kruse unfolds a strong emotional presence and atmospheric density. As a member of the OSTKREUZ photographers’ agency, his main focus is on immediate realities on the ground. Each of his photo series tells its own story, and yet the narrative quality of the images does not obscure the socio-political urgency of the selected themes. His artistic talent is particularly evident in his exhibition projects, and in the book he recently brought out, in which he portrays the major social issues of our time with the explosive poetry inherent in his visual language.

Ingo Taubhorn
Curator House of Photography / Deichtorhallen Hamburg

© Photo: Olympus/ Niklas Nische

Selected Publications

Tobias Kurse, Material | Kerber Verlag, 2018
25 Jahre Ostkreuz | Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2015
Ueber Grenzen/ On Borders | Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2012
24h Berlin | Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2012

Selected Exhibitions

The Class Ostkreuz: Portraits | Group Exhibition, Capitis Gallery, Berlin, 2018 
Tobias Kruse, Material | 25 Years Ostkreuz | Paris, Marseille, Munich, Rome, 2016/2017 
Dekalog IV | Group Exhibition, Guardini Galerie, Berlin, 2015 
Ostkreuz: Westwärts | Group exhibition, C/O Berlin, 2013

Exhibition view "Material", Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille 2016 © Tobias Kruse

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