Jessica Wolfelsperger (1979, Basel) studied photography at BTK University of Art & Design in Berlin. During and after her studies, she has assisted various photographers and artists in Berlin, New York and Copenhagen. Beside that, she attended courses at the Ostkreuzschool for Photography and completed a certificate as a curator at the University of the Arts (UDK) in Berlin. In 2015, she won the first prize of the vfg for emerging talent as young photographer Switzerland and in 2017 the Swiss Photo Award in the category Fine Art. In the same year, she was invited for the Artist Residency of the Verzasca Foto Festival. In 2018, she was selected to participate in the Mentoring Program Parallel Photo Platform funded by the European Community, conceived by Procur.arte. Jessica Wolfelsperger’s work has been exhibited internationally.
A hundred souls village in the Verzasca Valley, surrounded by mountains, amidst pure nature. For some weeks, almost completely isolated from the outside world. In a traditional stone house near the river, among the secluded, beautiful mysticism. Enchanted by this valley, I read the ancient myths and legends of the region and feel the aura. They exemplarily address the discussion with nature, whereby the nature of the human being is also meant. Behind them are representations of faith, which are expressed symbolically. In search of the experience of a divine or absolute reality, I discover and explore my homeland new and wash myself free from my daily life in the bustling metropolis and devise my own legend – according to the life philosophy of Monte Verità.