Julia Runge was born in Berlin in 1990, lived from 2010 to 2012 in Namibia and has been working in southern Africa for more than ten years. She completed her degree in photography in 2015 with the photography project „Basterland“ at the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. In her photographic work, Julia Runge primarily deals with social commitment and social structures as well as cultural topics in southern Africa. She uses her natural and empathetic pictorial language to open an artistic insight into the subject. Julia currently lives and works in Berlin.


The world is in an exceptional situation due to the Corona pandemic, which will fundamentally change the lives of people everywhere. It has long been clear that women and girls are not only the hardest hit by the acute effects of the crisis, but that their efforts for self-determination, independence and equality will be permanently damaged. The reason for this is the still patriarchal structures in many countries of Southern Africa, whose strengthening during the crisis can be seen not least in the rising numbers of forced prostitution and domestic violence. In these societies, women are given an overflowing responsibility in the dual role of provider and housewife. In addition to caring for young and old family members, they work hard every day to provide the family with access to food and drinking water.

—> I’m currently in Namibia to document, among other things, the current situation of women there ++++ also provide help and support where it is needed. For my new projects, I’ve teamed up with the amazing journalist Lisa Ossenbrink. – Stay tuned! 

Thanks to VG-Bildkunst  and Deutsch-Namibische Gesellschaft e.V. for supporting my work!!!


2021      Shebeen Queens at die Muschel, Swakopmund, NAM

2021      Award Winning African Photography – photo basel Takes a Closer Look

2020      Shebeen Queens at Trieste Photo Days -> exhibition at the “Sartorio” Museum Trieste, ITA

2020      Shebeen Queens at Château de LaLande seeingWOMAN Award 2020, FRA

2020      Shebeen Queens at Ilham Gallery (KLPA 2020 Award exhibition), Kuala Lumpur

2020      Shebeen Queens at Fotogalerie Friedrichshain, Berlin, DE

2020      Shebeen Queens at International Portrait/Fashion Exhibition in Orlando, FL

2020      Solo Exhibition „Shebeen Queens“ at  R. – Raum für drastische Maßnahmen, Berlin, DE

2019      Solo Exhibition „Basterland“ at Fotogalerie Friedrichshain, Berlin, DE

2018      Basterland at Lyonel-Feininger-Galerie , Quedlinburg, DE

2017      Solo Exhibition at Jammin Galerie, Berlin, DE

2016      Basterland at Photokina, Köln, DE

2016      Basterland at Uganda Press Photo Award, Kampala, Uganda

2016      Basterland at LagosPhoto Festival, Lagos, Nigeria

2016      Basterland at Tan Gallery, 798 Art District Beijing, China

2016      Lead a Photography Workshop for Goethe Institut in Beijing, China

2016      Basterland at Heuberg 24 – Raum für Kunst, Basel, CH

2016      Basterland at Image Afrique in BaselCH

2016      Basterland at  the 21th Voies Off Festival, Arles, FRA

2016      Basterland at Photobastei Zürich, Zurich, CH

2016      Basterland at the Panacée – Centre for Contemporary Art, Montpellier, FRA

2016      Basterland & POPCAP ’16 at Nuit des Images,  Lausanne, CH

2016      Hellerau PortraitsBasterland, Dresden Hellerau, DE

2015      OHO Abschlussaustellung OstkreuzschuleBasterland, HO Berlin, DE

2015      Art @ SAP, Growing Hope, SAP Walldorf, DE

2014      Entrepreneur 4.0 AwardGrowing Hope, Igersheim, DE


2021      INITIAL Special Grant by the Akademie der Künste

2021      Project funding by Stiftung Kulturwerk der VG Bild-Kunst & Deutsch-Namibische Gesellschaft e.v. , What the Storm Has Left

2021      Digital Residency with pacificoritualyresistencia, Columbia/Berlin

2020      Bronze Medal German Photo Book Award (Category: Documentary-Journalistic Photo Book), Shebeen Queens

2020      Honorable Mention (Category People) Neutral Density Photography Award 2021, Shebeen Queens

2020      Honorable Mention (Category Analog / Film : Portrait) IPA 2020, Shebeen Queens

2020      Winning Project of the „Sartorio“ Museum Trieste prize-exhibition, Shebeen Queens

2020      Finalist Urban Photo Awards 2020, Shebeen Queens

2020      Projekt Grant Finalist Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2020 (Portrait Prize) , Shebeen Queens

2020      Honorable Mention (Category Equality – Egalité) seeingWOMAN Award 2020 (Photos de Femmes), Shebeen Queens

2020      Honorable Mention (Category Portrait Series) Annual Photography Awards 2019, Shebeen Queens

2019      Scholarship Robert Bosch Foundation / Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, Shebeen Queens

2016      Prizewinner  Deutscher Jugendfotopreis 2016, Category D, Basterland

2016      Winner POPCAP ’16, the piclet.org Prize for Contemporary African Photography, Basterland

2016      4th Place PhotoVisions Förderpreis, Basterland

2015      Nominee Category Photojournalism – Fine Art Photography Award, Basterland

2014      Winner Audience Prize Entrepreneur 4.0 Photography Award 2014, Growing Hope

2014      2nd Place Entrepreneur 4.0 Photography Award – Category „Young Talents“, Growing Hope


Frankfurter Rundschau

Neues Deutschland – nd der Tag

Deine Korrespondentin

Kwerfeldein about „Shebeen Queens“

Süd Afrika Magazin

Interview for Kwerfeldein

Interview for Africa in the Photobook

GUP Magazine 

DOC! Photo Magazine



MDR Kultur

Atlas of Humanity

Chaeg Magazine (South Korea)




Feature on Lens Culture

WOZ (Schweiz)

KK News China

ZITTY Berlin

Welt der Frauen (Österreich)

Stern Magazin

Neues Deutschland – Tageszeitung

Namibia Magazine

Lust auf Gut (Republic of Culture) Magazin

Fotopraxis mit Perspektive, Fotofeinkost Verlag, 2014

„Nachdruck“ Magazin


Chaeg South Korean Magazine

Pagina 99 Italien