Jana Kießer studied at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin. She lives and works as a freelance photographer in Berlin and Nürnberg.
In her work, she deals with sexualised violence and abuse of power. She reworks experiences and transfers feelings into symbolic photographs. In addition to associative and emotionally loaded images, text plays an essential role in her works – with the text layer she introduces the observers of her photographic images into verbal life realities.
She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including solo shows at Maison de Heidelberg – Montpellier, Âme Nue – Hamburg and Kulturwerkstatt auf AEG – Nürnberg.
About the book:
The series “Von Kartoffelrosen und brennenden Baumkronen” (Of potato roses and burning treetops), by Annemie Martin and Jana Kießer, reflects the changes to everyday life during the Covid-19 pandemic. Based 800km apart – Annemie spent much of the period on an island in Lake Constance, whilst Jana was in Berlin. The two photographers conducted their dialogue through photographs, personal texts, notes, thoughts, memories and dreams between March 2020 and May 2021.
The book also contains space for the readers to make their own notes and reflect on their own experiences of the pandemic.
In November 2021, the book was awarded bronze by the German Photobook Prize.