22. ilb 07. - 17.09.2022

Aisha Franz

Portrait Aisha Franz
© Ali Ghandtschi

Aisha Franz was born in Fürth in 1984 and studied visual communication at the Art University of Kassel and made her debut with her thesis »Alien« in 2011.

The graphic novel follows the story of a single mother and her two daughters, who face feelings of loneliness and despair. The »Tagesspiegel« described the artwork by stating that »The black and white and, in the best sense of the word, naive pencil drawings convey a deceptive lightness as if they try to distract from the abysses of the figures.« Her second graphic novel »Brigitte und der Perlenhort« (2012; tr: Brigitte and the Hoard of Pearls) is presented as a crime story that skillfully plays with the clichés of the genre – and whose main character is not only a secret agent, but also a dog. Her most recent publication, the graphic novel »Shit is Real« (2016), tells the story of a young woman’s emotional crisis: Selma was abandoned by her boyfriend, moves into her own apartment, and quits her job. But finding her own place in life is more difficult than expected. With sharp pencil drawings, Aisha Franz creates a futuristic world in which fantasy and reality blend together, and tells a story of social expectations and personal abyss.

Aisha Franz was awarded the Sondermann Sponsorship Award in 2012. She lives in Berlin.


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