Tobias Zielony (1974, Wuppertal) lives and works in Berlin.
He became internationally known for his long-term projects with adolescents and young people on the fringes of society. He photographs them in their particular social and architectural environments, emphasizing the moment when they do not fit neatly either into our image of them or even into their own self-image. Their presence in the images speaks of two conflicting desires: of seeking identification with the conformist gestures of a globalized youth culture and of expressing one’s own in-dividuality.
Zielony studied Photography at the University of Wales in Newport and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig. In 2010 he produced the Vele project in collaboration with Galleria Lia Rumma, dedicated to the homonymous housing complex conceived in the 60s – 70s by architect Franz Di Salvo in the Scampia district, on the northern suburbs of Naples. The project was presented in two major solo exhibitions at the MAXXI in Rome, and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2012. Other solo exhibitions include: Von der Heydt Kunsthalle, Wuppertal in 2017, Berlinische Galerie in 2013, Folkwang Museum Essen, MMK Zollamt Frankfurt and Camera Austria Graz in 2011, Kunstverein Hamburg in 2010, C / O Berlin in 2007. In 2015, with the work “The Citizen” was among the artists invited to exhibit in the German Pavilion, curated by Florian Ebner during the 56th Venice Biennale. He won the GASAG prize in 2006 and the Karl-Ströher-Preis in 2011; he took part in the International Studio Program, New York. Among the most recent publications: Maskirovka, Mousse Magazine, 2017; Vele, Spector Books, Leipzig, 2014; Jenny Jenny, Spector Books, Leipzig 2013; Manitoba, Spector Books, Leipzig, 2010; Story / No Story, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2010; Trona – Armpit of America, Spector Books, Leipzig, 2008.