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Ingmar Björn Nolting

Leipzig, Germany

Artist Statement

On a global scale, Germany‘s intentions are ambitious. The country aims to become a climate-neutral industrial nation by 2045. This places Germany among the international pioneers in the fight against the climate crisis. The path to climate neutrality is the „greatest modernisation and prosperity safeguarding project since World War II“, according to Dirk Messner, the President of the German Environment Agency. The phase-out of coal by 2038, seven to ten million electric cars on the roads by 2030 and a massive expansion of renewable energies were enshrined in law.

However, the status quo is as complex as it is paradoxical. While activist groups continue to push the boundaries of climate protest, the expansion of renewable energies is faltering. Despite surveys indicating broad social support for climate protection, public backing is clearly waning when it comes to practical measures. Recently, dependence on Russian gas, the resulting energy crisis, economic hardships and inflation exacerbated the social climate. As a result, the poll ratings of the right-wing and in part anti-democratic AfD party are rising.

“An Anthology of Changing Climate“ is a journey through a German society divided on climate issues, addressing the struggle for guiding narratives and the question of whether it is possible to find sustainable answers to the climate crisis in a consumer-driven society. My work portrays a society that stands at a social and ecological crossroad and thereby tells stories from a nation whose prosperity is rooted in the combustion of fossil fuels, on the intricate transition toward climate neutrality.

This project is ongoing. With the help of the Hopper Prize I could continue working on it intensively.

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Artist Biography

Ingmar Björn Nolting (1995) lives and works as a freelance photographer in Leipzig, Germany. He holds a BA in photography at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts. He is a founding member of the DOCKS collective for humanist photography and a regular contributor to the New York Times. Ingmar's long-term projects have been awarded national and international prizes such as the Getty Reportage Grant, Leica Society International Grant, World Report Award and a VG Bildkunst Grant. His images have been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, TIME Magazine, Washington Post, Le Monde, ZEIT Magazine, Spiegel, ZEIT, GEO, Der Spiegel and Stern, among others. Ingmar held a scholarship of the German Art Fund and has been exhibited internationally.



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