1994 — student runner-up
Kerstin Hacker is course leader for the BA (Hons) Photography and the FdA Professional Photography at the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University , UK.
She is a practicing documentarist and academic.
Her research interest lies in the representation of African Continent through photography and its access to the global media market. She has been working with the University of Zambia for three years to develop a degree in photography at their institution, the first of its kind in Zambia. This project was supported by the British Council Educational Partnerships in Africa Grant.
She is interested in north – south and south – north knowledge transfer through academic collaborations and is engaging with universities from the geographic south.
In her practice she is exploring an alternative vision of African representation, exploring the less published middle classes and the hidden cultural heritage of modern Africa.
Kerstin Hacker has received sponsorship from Leica, Canon and Agfa, the Robert Bosch Foundation.
Her work is exhibited internationally.
Studying at the FAMU (Prague University of Performing Arts), I have lived the past three years as a German amidst Czechs. Through these years, I developed a high interest in the relationship between the people of post war Germany and Czech Republic. Germany and the Czech Republic have a very long and close history together.
During the years 1939 - 45, Bohemia and Moravia were oppressed by fascist Germany. Many Czech people suffered. Immediately after the war, the Czechs revenged this by expelling nearly all Germans (Sudetendeutsche) from their homes. Consequently, these Germans suffered.
Then came the Communist era, in which any expelling was officially denied.
Although expectations for a better mutually understanding rose with the Velvet Revolution (1989), the emotional wounds on both sides still appear too deep to expect any improvement in the next years.
In showing both sides of the story, I will look for what has kept these people apart for nearly 60 years. And I hope to find what should bring them together. I will explore how recent history still manifests itself in everyday life. My theme, therefore, will be hopes, hates and desires in which both sides are the same. And I have the hope, that what I want to tell in my pictures, will make our generation understand, that there is no reason to carry on with the unlucky history and that we have the chance to proof the world that forgiving is worth a try.