My name is Viola Teske. I was born in August 1978 and grew up in Rostock, a coastal town located in the northeast of Germany. After finishing school, I studied chemistry at the University of Rostock and worked in the department of physical chemistry at the institution of chemistry while doing the research for my dissertation. In early 2007, I moved to Düsseldorf where I spent almost 9 years working as an analyst for a consulting company with a focus on the petrochemical industry.
In early 2011, I created my personal blog Ola’s Welt which was originally meant to be a kind of virtual playground to toy with ideas, share thoughts and tell stories but ultimately made me fall in love with photography. A few years later, at the end of 2015, I decided to leave my job in the office, return to my hometown and focus on my art, if only for a while.
As a photographer or – as I’d rather describe myself – photo artist, I am entirely self-taught and still enjoy to explore new and old techniques. I have a preference for strong colours, minimalistic art work, a shallow depth of field and all the little things that others might not even notice. While most of my work is digital, I also like to experiment with analog photography, different film formats and alternative photographic processes such as cyanotype. Thus there is also a little bit of chemistry included in my art, at least once in a while.
[03/2015–04/2015] Group show ‘Off the street: Streetart and Graffiti – A photographic interpretation’, Sold Out Gallery, Bochum (Germany)
[12/2016–01/2017] Group show ‘Photography on the verge of a nervous breakdown – A project inspired by the movies of Pedro Almodóvar’, Insomnia Cafè, Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
[26/05/2017] Exhibition of photographs from the ‘Colourful Asia’ series and handmade cyanotypes during the 17th Rostock art night in the eastern old town, Cow Gate, Rostock (Germany)
[14/06/–02/09/2017] Exhibition of photographs from the ‘Colourful Asia’ series in the Dierkow community center, Rostock (Germany)