When I was a child my father told me that there was a treasure hidden by dwarfs somewhere in our home, an old country estate that had during his childhood and youth harboured a cinema named The Unicorn, a ballroom, a tavern, a farm and a family.ÊThe world he showed me was magic, limitless and full of adventures. Objects could be magic and I knew that if I just believed it hard enough I could fly.
I was 8 years old when my father died after a long illness. Since then I have always wanted to reconnect with him. Discovering boxes of his diapositives many years later inspired me to use them, together with my own images, and along text fragments from his diaries to narrate the story of my childhood memories and to honour the lasting bond that I share with my father.
Anne Ackermann (*1980) is a photographer & visual storyteller based in Germany working worldwide. She enjoys exploring narratives in visuals, often employing text and archive material. She is a multiple grantee of VG Bild-Kunst, recipient of artistsÕ grants of Photoreporter Festival, France, a finalist at the International Women Photographers Award (IWPA), the Bar Tur Awards, The Global Peace Photo Award, The Jacob Riis Award and the Hansel Mieth Preis. In 2021 she won the Martin Lagois Prize