Carola Plöchinger

*born in Passau, GER
lives and works in Berlin


E: cp (at) carolaploechinger.de T: +49 151 1446 5315 Instagram

Member of VG Bildkunst


Available for assignments in Berlin and worldwide.

Originally from Bavaria, the areas around Passau and the bavarian forest as well as the south of Munich are familiar to me. For one up to six months I lived in: Stockholm, Rome, Havanna, Japan, New Zealand and in the Swiss Alps.

Portrait von Carola Plöchinger

Carola Plöchinger is a photographer and former fashion designer. Based on personal experience, her early work deals with questions of identity and belonging: how origin determines identity, but also why, in a supposedly enlightened time in which gender equality should be the norm, their expression through clothing is still so different. This research has led to the foundation of her former menswear label IO (italian: I) with the aim of questioning the classic perception of roles. Although narratives, materiality and texture of clothing continue to have an influence on Plöchinger's work, the common practice in fashion does not correspond to her idea of value and appreciation of craftsmanship and a sustainable use of resources.

She used a three-month journey from Japan to New Zealand in 2018/19 to realize artistic projects: for investigations of landscape, which on the one hand revolve around the concept of the adopted country, on the other hand with the vulnerability of the landscape and nature itself. This period had a decisive impact on her self-perception as an artist, she began showing her work in 2020.

Plöchinger holds a Master of Arts in Visual Communication of the Berlin University of the Arts.


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2022 British Journal of Photography – International Photography Award, Seen Fifteen Gallery, London
2022 Photographic Exploration Project – New Talents 2021 – Kommunale Galerie, Berlin


2023 The Royal Photographic Society, International Photography Exhibition 165 – Shortlisted
2023 acatech – Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften, Journalistenpreis PUNKT – Nominated
2023 Felix Schoeller Photo Award, Sustainability category – Shortlisted
2022 British Journal of Photography, International Photography Award – Single Images Winner
2021 Lensculture Critics‘ Choice – Editors‘ Picks
2021 Belfast Photo Festival – Shortlisted


2024 Then There Was Us – AND 2023, Annual – pre-order
2022 The Smart View – Hunting Shadows (pre-order)
2021 Enorm Magazin
2020 Then There Was Us – AND 2020, Annual


2022 Stipendium Neustart Kultur, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn
2020/21 Sonder-Stipendium der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Berlin


2003 Meisterschülerin, Berlin University of the Arts
2002 Master of Arts (MA) Visual Communication & Photography, Berlin University of the Arts
2001 Scholarship, Royal University College of Fine Arts Stockholm
1999 – 2002 Studies Visual Communication & Photography, Berlin University of the Arts
1996 – 1998 BA Visual Communication, Nuremberg Institute of Technology Georg Simon Ohm
1995 – 1996 Political science, history and economics, University of Passau


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