One of the few stories about where the name of Greifswald comes from is a following story:
„The location, where nowadays lies the city of Greifswald was once upon a time a large and thick forest. Everything around it was desolate without a trace of human activity and only the area around the Eldena Monastery which was located near river mouth of Ryk into the sea was thriving. The monks of the monastery wated to build a city that would be near the Monastery itself, however further from the coast and so they sent a couple of people to search for a fitting place for the city. These went upstream of the river Ryk until they reached a beautiful place, which they simply found splendid for the city creation. Therefore they ventured sideways from the shore of the river into the nearby forest to explore the area in more detail. Suddenly they found a nest atop a broken tree trunk and sitting in it was a large four-footed double-tailed brooding Griffin. The representatives of the Monastery saw this as a good omen which strengthened their resolutions to build the city here which also came to pass.“
I was fascinated and inspired by the city when I arrived. To follow the story of a building the city I decided to build my own vision of the Greifswald.
A series „Greifswald“ is result of residence in STP Galerie.
The winner of the second place of the 6th international photo competition „Different Worlds 2018“ organised by Photon Gallery, Zuzana Pustaiova was awarded a 10-day residency at the renowned German Galerie STP in Greifswald run by the competition’s jury member Dr Peter Konschake. The annual competition is aimed at young photographers up to the age of 35 from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).