Free Choice / Conceptual Photography | Winner

Sarah Tröster

Asperg / DE

Garbage Project


The garbage project was created in 2018 with the intention of drawing attention to the constantly growing problem of waste and pollution, through artistic expression. Famous women in history are pictured in their legendary outfits. What makes it so special is that their costumes are made out of garbage. It is not only important that the message is understood, but that it is implemented in an aesthetic way that appeals to many viewers and encourages them to think. The costumes were produced by musician Alice Francis. She collected garbage that she found in nature as well as garbage that had accumulated in her own household in a short time. Moreover, Alice Francis herself embodies the respective characters in the pictures. Sarah Tröster is responsible for the photography and editing. As we are depicting women from previous decades, we decided to use a vintage look for the photos.


Sarah Tröster was born in Stuttgart in 1982. As the daughter of a photographer, she came into contact with the subject as a young girl. She knew at an early age that she wanted to work in the artistic field.

From 2002 to 2003 she attended a photography school in Dublin, Ireland. This was followed by a school education as a graphic designer in Stuttgart. After her training Sarah worked as an employed photographer for three and a half years before she became self-employed as a photo artist in December 2011.

Her work has already been shown in two group exhibitions and several solo exhibitions. Furthermore, some of her works have been published in books and magazines internationally. Many of her works are in vintage style.

Since 2018 she has been working on a joint project with the musician Alice Francis. The Garbage Project, through which they want to draw attention to the ever-increasing waste problem and the resulting environmental pollution. It is planned to create 12 motifs within the project, which will be published as a calendar in autumn 2019. Part of the proceeds from the calendar sale will be donated to an environmental organisation.

Jury Statement

At first glance, Sarah Tröster presents us with a series of style icons from the 30s and 40s of the 20th century - pictures familiar to us from the era of Josephine Baker. Photographically realized in a vintage look, the works play with the delusion of the viewer's senses, who only learns at second glance that the clothing was made from garbage. Tröster counteracts the past beauty with our behavior in the throwaway society of the present.

The work ‚Garbage Project’ is an artistically outstanding accusation against our relentless consumer behavior and an intellectual call to carefully deal with our future.