NADJA SHKIRAT, GERMANY/JERUSALEM
is a Jerusalem-based professional photographer, visual artist and educator from Germany. She studied art education at the University of Leipzig, Germany and continued her artistic education in photography at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle (Saale), Germany, where she learned to work with various photographic mediums and techniques. She is participating in photography courses at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem, Israel to intensify her artistic research and knowledge. She also worked as a photography lecturer at
the Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture. Currently she is working as a freelance product photographer and visual artist.
Her visual art presents a surreal, vivid and vibrant imagery. Mainly focussing on analog photography and digital art, she creates bright, colorful and contrasty photographs mixing the grotesque with the beautiful. To her, photographs are more than just a copy of something, they are an entrance to a world and a story that she is creating with her own eyes. Commenting on ideals of beauty, sexuality and consumerism, Nadja Shkirat´s visualizes questions about ideology, aesthetics and social
This particular work represents her inner mind during the times of Covid-19. "During quarantine I could not walk more than a few kilometers from my home, that is why I decided to walk in circles. From my house, up to the hills to a destroyed house, down the mountain to a valley filled with olive trees, through the neighborhood and back to home. I did this circles
many times, from time to time I also took certain objects with me to create a new imagery. My analog photo series is a collection of still lifes from the outside and the inside. By combining my intentional placed still lifes with the coincidental discovered compositions I aimed to create a fascinating tension between the opposites."