Gøneja is a Berlin-based photographer working across portraiture, nude, performance, architecture and landscape, combining projects of personal nature with editorial and gallery work.
He self-published two photography books Together We Dance (2018) and Rituals (2020), both distributed by Motto.
He took part in selected group exhibitions and had his ﬁrst solo show in October 2020 at tête Berlin.
The portraits are built around some themes and ideas relevant to the individuals photographed, such as: reptile nature, Suﬁsm or Norse mythology, to mention some. Keeping the focus on the human character such elements appear differently – as narrative, symbols, or performance. The landscapes presents two large-scale sites with ritualistic elements set against a wide natural setting, namely: an abandoned military fortress on the Mediterranean and a megalithic stone circle on the Northern Isles.
The title refers to the approach employed while making these photographs – where hermetically sealed spaces allowed the artist and his subjects to create unique rites for the camera. It alludes also to the deeply subjective and spiritually-charged nature of the themes around which the subjects are portrayed – those invisible forces that guide and act upon their lives.
By The Way
Belgrad – Schellack und Gewalt from Belgrad (Zeitstrafe, 2017) Link
Book Specs: Prose and Poetry: Meev Eve; Language: English; Hardback, sewn; 104 pages, unpaginated; 16 x 21.5 cm; Photo Editor: Leandro Favaloro; Photobook Designer: Gøneja. Available here.