NEWS
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13/02/26 - NEW CORPORATE IDENTITY
My dear friend Hassan Haider made a new identity for me. Many thanks!





























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12/04/27 - OUT NOW / NEW NIDO MAGAZINE!


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12/04/24 - SAVE THE DATE! THE WÜRTTEMBERGISCHER KUNSTVEREIN STUTTGART IS SHOWING HOLON.
OH, MY COMPLEX
Vom Unbehagen beim Anblick der Stadt
17. Mai – 29. Juli 2012

Daniel García Andújar, Yvonne P. Doderer / Ute Meta Bauer, Martin Eberle, Michael Fehr / Diethelm Koch, Ludger Gerdes, Kirill Golovchenko, Eiko Grimberg, Justin Hibbs, Jung Yeondoo, Lim Minouk, Noh Suntag, Alfons Pressnitz, Malwine Rafalski, John Smith, Klaus Staeck, The RSA, Tuomas Toivonen / Nene Tsuboi, Brian Ulrich, Michael Vahrenwald, Pablo Wendel, Matthias Zielfeld und andere.

You can read more about the exhibition here.





























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12/04/24 - FLAK PHOTO STORIES
Have you seen this? One of my Holon pictures is part of the Flak Photo Stories!

Andy Adams' idea behind the stories:
I'm always thinking about new ways to showcase the people whose work I feature here on the website. If you're like me, you love looking at photographs. But it's also fun to hear image-makers talk about how or why they make their work. So I'm excited to introduce Flak Photo Stories, a place for photographers to write about the pictures they've contributed to The Collection.

My story:
I was looking for subjects for my Holon series, which is about people that have rejected modern society for a utopian communion with the natural world. I had photographed numerous families and communities, but few real “dropouts” living in the middle of nowhere. My research turned up a newspaper article about a man called Öko-Udo (which translates to “Tree-hugger-Udo” in English) who had left his family to live in a cabin without electricity and running water in order to escape western civilization. The article gave a rough description about his whereabouts (between two villages, near a little creek), and so I set out to find his hidden house in the woods. I wasn’t sure how to prepare; of course I couldn’t find a telephone number to call him beforehand, so I brought some homemade cake along with me. I knew that people like him, who lived most of their life isolated in the wilderness, could be complicated, but I hoped to break the ice with my little gift. And it worked! He was very kind and when I told him about my project and he agreed to be photographed.


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12/01/30 - FLAK PHOTO
My picture is today's Flak Photo!


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12/01/05 - DIE ZEIT
I shot Caro Maurer, Master of Wine, for Die Zeit. Out now today!


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11/07/13 - THE WEEKENDER #2 OUT NOW!
The second issue of the lovely Magazine The Weekender is in stores right now. I photographed the singer Halvor Festervoll Melien.


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11/07/01 - NEW NIDO OUT NOW!
I was lucky to shoot Christoph Biemann and Armin Maiwald, Directors, Producers, Writers and Presenters of the famous german TV Show Die Sendung mit der Maus, which became 40 years now.


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11/05/27 - OUT NOW TODAY!
What a happy friday - new issues of Nido Magazine, 11Freunde and Chrismon arrived today! I already updated the website with the pictures I shot for them.


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11/03/23 - WEBSITE UPDATE!
Have a look if you like - I updated my website today!


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11/03/16 - NEW WORK
I was quite busy in the last couple of months, for example I shot some press pictures for the singer/songwriter Hello Piedpiper which are online now. Other work, like for Monopol Magazine or Chrismon Magazine, will go online in the next few weeks. Yeah!


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11/03/16 - OUT NOW! CAMERA AUSTRIA #113
My work Holon is in the new issue of Camera Austria. Visit the Website here.

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10/11/25 - HOLON AT ZEIT.DE ONLINE!
My work Holon is now online at Zeit Magazin. Check the Website here.


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10/08/10 - COMING SOON! TEARDROPS ETC. MAGAZINE

Teardrops etc. is a magazine, which I founded with two friends, Carmen Strzelecki (Publisher) and Julia Sprügel (Art Historian). The Magazine is going to be published in September 2010. The Release Party will be on 3rd September in Kölnischer Kunstverein, Hahnenstr. 6, 50667 Cologne.

Teardrops etc. ist ein neues, außergewöhnliches Magazin des Verlags StrzeleckiBooks, das am 3. September 2010 ab 19 Uhr im Kölnischen Kunstverein seine Premiere feiert: Zahlreiche Künstler und Kulturschaffende aus Köln wurden um Transformationen der Träne – Ausdruck von Trauer, Glück, Rührung und vielen anderen Emotionen – gebeten. Nahezu fünfzig Protagonisten aus den Bereichen Kunst, Literatur, Medien, Musik & Wissenschaft haben sich an dem Projekt beteiligt: Heiner Binding, Albrecht Fuchs, Jürgen Klauke, Kasper König, Doris Frohnapfel, Freya Hattenberger, Daniel Kothenschulte, Marcel Odenbach, Mark von Schlegell, Frances Scholz, Johannes Wohnseifer, Joseph Zehrer und viele andere haben für das Magazin die Träne zum Thema ihrer Werke gemacht.

Die eingereichten Beiträge werden mit persönlichen Interviews auf über 100 Seiten veröffentlicht, eine kunsthistorische Beobachtung von Geraldine Spiekermann, die sich in ihrer wissenschaftlichen Arbeit mit der Träne in der Kunst befasst, leitet die Publikation ein. Zusätzlich erscheint das Magazin mit einer 7“ Vinyl Single mit dem exklusiven Tränensong „Out of Time“ von Johannes Stankowski und Hans Nieswandt – so dass hoffentlich viele Freudentränen fließen.

Visit our brand new website.

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10/06/14 - INTERVIEW WITH PLANET MAG

Malwine Rafalski is a German photographer based in Cologne. She began studying photography only six years ago, and has worked as a freelance photographer since graduating last year. Her work focuses on the edges of society, the fringes of civilized communities. She has photographed gypsy populations outside of Bucharest; young, single mothers in their homes in Germany; and in her most recent project, Holon, she photographs forest-dwelling communities that have rejected today’s mechanized society for a utopian vision of communion with the natural world. She answered via email a few of our questions about her work and these mysterious off-grid lives.

What does “holon” mean?
The term holon describes something that is simultaneously a whole and a part. Each holon has two tendencies: to exist as an autonomous, self-reliant unit and to be also an integral and dependent part in sub-ordination to controls on higher levels. It is a system (or phenomenon) which is an evolving self-organizing dissipative structure, composed of other holons, whose structures exist at a balance point between chaos and order. It is more a scientific term, but it describes the people of my series perfectly.

How did you find the subjects for Holon, and why did you choose to photograph them?
I always had the wish to go back to nature and live there for a while, and I had a very romantic vision of that. But for me, it would be impossible to live there longer than a few weeks or months, because I’m totally dependent on technology. So I decided to find people who live in the woods, completely self-sustaining, who supply themselves through the cultivation of whole food products and live without money, electricity, and water conduit. The research took months. Sometimes I had an idea of where a person was living, and so I just went into the forest and began to search for them.

What are your upcoming projects/exhibitions?
I am planning a project in Istanbul about living in Gececondus, which is a Turkish word for a house put up quickly without proper permission — “placed (built) overnight”. In common usage, it refers to the low-cost apartment buildings or houses that were constructed in a very short time by people migrating from rural areas to the outskirts of the large cities. Such buildings…can be very densely populated. Half the residents of Istanbul — perhaps six million people — dwell in gecekondu homes.

Have a look at the Planet Mag Website here.

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10/05/19 - SAVE THE DATE: LEBEN LIEBEN LEIDEN EXHIBITION SHOWING MY SERIES UMILENIE STARTS AT BOMANN MUSEUM CELLE ON 04th JUNE!

The exhibition „Leben Lieben Leiden - The images of women of young female artists“ brings together young female artists who work with, question and investigate historical and present-day perceptions of “femininity” as a theme or social model. The issue of a true “female aesthetic” is not the focus of these diverse female-artistic positions; much more it is to discern what happens when “femininity” becomes a category. In their – at times – playful examinations of old and new “myths about women” and of the oft-quoted personal artistic identity, they have created new works for this project that – sensual, humorous, thoughtful, controversial, provocative – look at attributions of “femininity”, question these and decode the complex interlinking of subject and power, without producing new feminine myths.

Artists: Anne Ackermann, Jaane Christensen, Paula Doepfner, Heike Döscher, Beate Eisfeld, Eva Beatrice Förster, Mareike Hantschel, Franziska Leischker, Nadine Neuhäuser, Justine Otto, Nina Ornowski | Tine Voecks, Bianca Patricia, Malwine Rafalski, Ilka Raupach, Lotte Reimann, Michaela Ruhfus, Kathrin Gabriele Rux, Juliane Schickedanz, Käthe Schönle, Su-Ran Sichling, Sophie Stephan, Anna Lena Straube, Carina Streng, Jenni Tietze, Olga Wiedenhöft, Paula Winkler.

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10/05/03 - BACK FROM SAN FRANCISCO!
I SPEND THREE WONDERFUL WEEKS IN CALIFORNIA BEING ON VACATION AND PHOTOGRAPHING PEOPLE AND PLACES. THE RESULTS CAN BE PROBABLY SEEN NEXT WEEK. I'M EXHITED AND I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD!


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10/04/07 - DON'T MISS THE FRED RAPID EXHIBITION / ALBUMRELEASE / LIVESHOW
THIS FRIDAY AT AUTOCENTER, ELDENAER STRASSE 34A, BERLIN


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10/04/01 - AHORN MAGAZINE: NEW ISSUE ONLINE NOW!
..WITH A SOLO SHOW OF HOLON
VISIT THE WEBSITE HERE


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10/03/16 - BETTER THAN FICTION: STYLE AND THE FAMILY TUNES OUT NOW
..WITH 10 PAGES OF HOLON INSIDE!
CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE


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10/02/26 - DON'T MISS THE FRED RAPID EXHIBITION / ALBUMRELEASE / LIVESHOW
NEXT FRIDAY AT ZERO FOLD, GLADBACHERSTR. 50, COLOGNE


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10/02/22 - NEW! UPCOMING EXHIBITION AND FRED RAPID LIVESHOW/ALBUM/BOOK RELEASE AT
ZERO FOLD, COLOGNE: OPENING FRIDAY, 05.03.10, 8 PM,
EXHIBITION 05.03. – 13.03.2010
AUTOCENTER, BERLIN: OPENING FRIDAY, 09.04.2010, 8 PM,
EXHIBITION 09.02. – 11.04.2010

"Haute Areal releases the album „Glassworks“ by Fred Rapid in cooperation with the art book publisher Strzelecki Books. The music was produced only with an anachronistic groovebox and recorded live, which means all parameters like filter positions or effects were edited during the recording process and all programmed patterns were triggered and edited live. The instrumentals were not put together on a computer, but created with hardware and recorded in one piece. To release this album the label decided to try something new. While the first single was released as a T-Shirt with download-code, Haute Areal releases the album as a book, an art catalogue. Several artists interpreted the music in a medium of their choice, like Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” the other way round. The only obligation was to entitle the contributed work with one of the song titles of the album. All works of the artists are displayed in the catalogue, which includes a code to download the whole Fred Rapid album (320 kbit/mp3) and a 7” single (crystal vinyl). It is of course also possible to buy the music without catalogue at download shops, but there is no conventional medium like CD or LP."
with: Tim Berresheim, Bernadette Blendl, Theo Boettger, Hannes Broecker, Jan Brokof, Markus Buddenbrock, Sebastian Gögel, Henriette Grahnert, Owen Gump, Ulrich Hakel, Andreas Hildebrandt, Gregor Hildebrandt, Gunilla Jähnichen, Iris Kettner, Alicja Kwade, Briac Lepretre, Phillip Maiwald, Christof Mascher, Regine Müller-Waldeck, Anne Neukamp, Ulrich Pester, Malwine Rafalski, Renaud Regnery, Jenny Rosemeyer, Jürgen Schwämmle, Vreni Spieser, Juliane Walther, Gudrun Wernet, Johannes Wohnseifer.
curated by Fred Rapid & Carmen Strzelecki

VISIT STRZELECKIBOOKS HERE
VISIT THE FRED RAPID WEBSITE HERE
VISIT THE ZEROFOLD WEBSITE HERE
VISIT THE AUTOCENTER WEBSITE HERE


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10/02/03 - INTERVIEW WITH MEDIUM MAGAZINE
Congratulations again on being a winner in the CGP.
What are you working on next?
I am planning to realise a project in Istanbul about living in Gececondus, which is a Turkish word meaning a house put up quickly without proper permissions - "placed (built) overnight". In common usage, it refers to the low cost apartment buildings or houses that were constructed in a very short time by people migrating from rural areas to the outskirts of the large cities. Such buildings may be constructed without going through the necessary procedures required for construction, such as acquiring building permits, and can be very densely populated. Half the residents of Istanbul - perhaps six million people - dwell in gecekondu homes. This areas leaded to the flooding in Istanbul last year. I am still interested in working on ecological topics, because that touches my heart deeply.

How has your working practice developed since you graduated?
I am working a lot to publish my work in every way. Before I graduated, I did not even thought about this aspect taking so much of my time. Until I am starting my next big project, I'm working for my own and for magazines. I try to photograph things that have nothing to do with traditional documentary photography, I am building some installations for my own, try new ways, read a lot photography theory. And I learned to use that little spare time I have to reach my goals - I cannot live from photography yet, so I'm working on weekdays and do my own work at night or at the weekend. That demands a lot of energy and discipline to push things forward.

Which creative projects/movements/productions in your part of the world are you excited about at the moment?
I love furniture design which is built ecologically, using recycled goods. I cannot tell why, but I am crazy about provisorily architecture - buildings that grow naturally, which are individual and not customized. This is an important aspect of my work, too. Most of my best friends are photographers, documentary filmers or landscape architects, my parents live in a low-energy wooden house, my boyfriend is an global social worker, that influenced and still influences and inspires me a lot.

What impact, if any, do you think competitions can have on a creative person's work and career?
I think competitions are a wonderful instrument to feel that you're on the right way with that what you're doing and can give some support to get more attention as an artist. But I try not to be influenced by a style that is en vogue at this time, because I think I might win a competition.

Where can we see more of your work?
www.malwinerafalski.com

VISIT THE MEDIUM MAGAZINE HERE


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10/01/17 - I'M WINNER OF THE CREATIVE GRADUATE PRIZE 2009 IN THE CATEGORY STATIC ART
"Societás and Medium Magazine are pleased to announce the winners of the 5th edition of the Creative Graduate Prize. Founded in 2005 and open to graduates of the visual arts globally, the prize brings the spotlight to the best emerging young artists across all genres of fine art, including painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, installation and short film.
The Creative Graduate Prize 2009 took the theme of ‘Change’ and attracted the highest number of entries in the prize’s history. Due to both the volume and quality of the prize entries selecting the nominees took a month longer than usual.
The prize jury comprised innovators from the international creative industries including contemporary artists Stuart Semple, Tessa Farmer, Lone Sigurdsson and Eileen Botsford, photographer Ellis Scott, Design Laboratory director Yann Mathias, as well as the Creative Graduate Prize founding directors Melissa Sterry of Societás and Laurie Cansfield of Medium Magazine.
The Creative Graduate Prize 2009 had three prize categories: Static Art – open to painters, photographers and illustrators; Moving Art – open to animators, short film makers and performance artists; Installation Art - open to sculptors and spatial artists."


SEE THE WINNERS OF ALL CATEGORIES HERE


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09/12/16 - YOGA JOURNAL OUT ON MONDAY, 21ST DECEMBER!
MY WORK HOLON IS PUBLISHED IN THE MAGAZINE - CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE HERE


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09/11/25 - FLUTER MAGAZINE IS GOING TO PUBLISH HOLON
CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE ON 1st DECEMBER!


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09/11/25 - I'M A NOMINEE OF THE CREATIVE GRADUATE PRIZE!
..WHICH DID NOT KNOW AND RECOGNIZED TODAY, WHAT A SURPRISE!
VISIT THE SITE OF THE MEDIUM MAGAZINE HERE


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09/11/25 - HOLON IS PUBLISHED IN THE ABSEITS MAGAZINE
LOTS OF INSPIRING AND SURPRISING NEWS THESE DAYS..
SEE THE MAGAZINE HERE


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09/11/24 - GREENPEACE MAGAZINE 01/2010 OUT NOW!
I PHOTOGRAPHED A COMMUNITY WHICH IS RUNNING NON-COMMERCIAL FARMING


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09/08/09 - EXHIBITION
LEBEN LIEBEN LEIDEN
FRAUENBILDER JUNGER KÜNSTLERINNEN
KUNSTVEREIN CELLE/ 04.06.2010 - 04.08.2010


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09/07/15 - BOOK PRESENTATION / ERSTWERK WETTBEWERB
MY BOOK HOLON WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE FRANKFURTER BUCHMESSE / 14.-18.10.2009
VISIT INSTITUT FÜR BUCHGESTALTUNG


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09/06/28 - SAVE THE DATE!
HOLON EXHIBITION
10 - 12th JULY
OPENING 10th / 18h
FH BIELELFELD / LAMPINGSTR. 3 / 33615 BIELEFELD


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09/06/27 - NEW WEBSITE ONLINE!
DURING COLOR IMAGING MY DIPLOMA AND DESIGNING THE NEW BOOK, I RELAUNCHED THIS NEW WEBSITE.

I ALSO STARTED A NEW SECTION WITH MONTHLY PUBLISHED PHOTOGRAPHS.
YOU CAN SEE THE FIRST RESULTS HERE


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09/04/01 - I AM ON ROAD FOR MY NEW PROJECT HOLON
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary.
I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan- like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.
For most men, it appears to me, are in a strange uncertainty about it, whether it is of the devil or of God, and have somewhat hastily concluded that it is the chief end of man here to "glorify God and enjoy him forever."


H.D. Thoreau, Walden