Oliver Leu (*1976, Dortmund, Germany) studied comparative theology and indology in Cologne and Bonn before he turned to photography. He trained as a photographer at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld, Germany, where he graduated with a project on Durga Puja, a Hindu festival in the Indian city Calcutta. In 2011, thanks to a DAAD travel grant, he spent three months in Sri Lanka working on a photographic research project on the visible remains of the civil war. Where his interests had previously been concerned with questions on religion, his focus shifted through this work on Sri Lanka to themes including the abuse of power and propaganda, the construction of history and the consequences of colonial pasts. Since 2013 he has developed these ideas in his project on Leopold II, for which he is researching and photographing the colonial history of Congo in Belgium.
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