Maria's Stories

 

"You Don't Look Native to me"

Portrait, Social Issues, Documentary

„You don‘t look Native to me“ shows excerpts from the lives of young Native Americans from around Pembroke, North Carolina, where 89% of the city’s population identifies as Native American, but have not been federally recognized, which means they don't have a reservation nor any monetary benefits.

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Be Good

Be Good is a work about underage married Roma teenagers in Romania, their traditions and rituals of the wedding(night), the importance of virginity and the burden of proof.

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About Maria

Bio

Maria Sturm was born in 1985 in Ploiesti, Romania and lives in Germany since 1991. She received her diploma in Photography and Media from University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld in 2012. Maria has won several prizes including the New York Photo Award 2012 and the DOCfield Dummy Award Barcelona 2015 with the work “Be Good”.

Having met in during a month-long residency at Atelier de Visu Marseille and workshop with Antoine d'Agata in 2012 Cemre Yeşil and Maria Sturm kept in touch ever since. Their permanent exchange led them to start a collaboration and in 2014 they have photographed “For Birds' Sake”, a work about the Birdmen of Istanbul. This work was published as a photobook by La Fabrica Madrid and featured in Colors Magazine, The Guardian, British Journal of Photography and ZEITmagazin among others. It was exhibited during Internacional de Fotografa de Cabo Verde, FotoIstanbul, Bitume Photofest Lecce, Organ Vida International Photography Festival Zagreb, Format Festival Derby and at Daire Gallery, Sol Koffler Providence, La Fabrica Madrid, Pavlov's Dog Berlin, Deichtorhallen Hamburg and it was a finalist at PHE OjodePez Award for Human Values 2015 and Renaissance Photography Prize 2017 and nominated for Lead Awards 2016 and Henri-Nannen-Preis 2016. It was also shortlisted at Arles Author Book Award 2016, Prix Levallois 2017 and Renaissance Photography Prize 2017.

Next to working on personal projects and commissions Maria also worked as a freelance producer for Vice Germany in 2015. She just graduated with an MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design and therefore received a Fulbright and a DAAD scholarship. For her thesis work “You don't look Native to me” Maria received a GS grant in 2016 and the SPE Student Award for Innovations in Imaging 2017. The work was exhibited in the German Consulate New York, Rhode Island Convention Centre Providence, Clamp Art in New York, Das Kleine Schwarze in Hamburg, Wiesbadener Fototage 2017 and Encontros da Imagem 2017. Maria received a GS Grant in 2017 as well for a new collaboration between Cemre and her called “Retba”.

Age 32
Nationality Romanian
Born in Ploieşti, Romania
Languages spoken English, German, Romanian
Specialisations Portrait, Fine Art, Documentary

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