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Jolane Schaffner

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I am a German photographer based in Belfast. The German language contains two words for home: “Zuhause” (the place where one lives - a place of comfort and peace) and “Heimat” (a familiar landscape, sound or smell evoked by memories and nostalgia). My work has always evolved around these twin notions of belonging; of absence and presence. I draw from personal experience as well as the experiences of others, often supporting my photographic work with oral histories to build a multi-vocal portrait of people and place. I have recently completed my MA in Photography at Belfast School of Art.