Alina Simmelbauer


Born and raised in Thüringen, Alina Simmelbauer is a photographer currently based in Berlin. Her artistic works deal conceptually with questions of identity that are influenced by her own family experiences. For her master's degree in photography, Alina Simmelbauer studied at the ISA Instituto Superior de Arte Havana, Cuba (2011) and at Burg Giebichenstein Halle/Saale (2012). In 2020, she graduated from the master class at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie Berlin led by Prof. Ute Mahler and Ingo Taubhorn. Simmelbauer was awarded with a DAAD scholarship for her project Wir träumen allein (We dream alone). For her series Garcías Tochter (García’s Daughter), she received funding from the Kulturstiftung Thüringen and was included in the shortlist of the 11th Kassel Dummy Award 2020 as wells as the MACK First Book Award 2021. In 2017, she was nominated for the Hellerau Photography Award and Vonovia Award and in 2020 for the Kuala Lumpur International Photo Award. Most recently, she was shortlisted for the Format International Photography Festival.

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