Logan Werlinger, originally from Minnesota, has a degree in Mass Communication from Minnesota State University and a MA in Photography from Ohio University. His work ranges from editorial and local journalism to commercial photography and documentary film. Previously based in Washington, D.C., Logan’s work in photography and film was focused in exploring the connections between historiography and the political paradigm shift in the United States. In 2018 while based in Prague after being awarded the Fulbright Grant for Photography, Logan was working with artists assisting in international gallery installations in new media and photography. In addition to artist residencies around the Czech Republic, Logan also assisted in the Department of New Media at FAMU in Prague and is working on a project involving photographing the history of Czech geography and its connection to the evolving story of Central Europe.
Neboj (don’t worry)
The submitted work is from a series in the Czech Republic that contemplates the evolving role of the country within the European Union by examining the adaptation of culture as it relates to a geographic boundary. Since settlers travelled the Labe River Basin over 40 thousand years ago, the Labe River and the Czech lowlands have served as a thoroughfare for industry and a marker of cultural history. The Slavs, Germans, and Bohemian Empire shared a common boundary created by the Labe River Basin, they settled its banks and used it as a pathway to trade leaving traces of their folk histories as the river made its way out of the mountains and through Bohemia. Though the borders and legal jurisdictions around the Czech Republic have changed over time after the occupations of World War II and the Soviet Invasion of 1969, the river has remained a constant geographic boundary tying its history to the present day communities and remaining solely Czech. By using photography, interviews, and collected print artifacts to document the cultures of the people living along the Labe River my aim is to understand how these communities have been shaped by the geography and to visualize the ways in which the Labe River’s path has been a time capsule and conduit for culture and traditions.
To view more of Logan Werlinger’s work please visit his website.