Announcement: Kontinent - in search of Europe

An exhibition by OSTKREUZ - Agentur der Fotografen and the Akademie der Künste

2 October 2020 - 10 January 2021

Academy of Arts, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin

Opening: 1 October together with EMOP (European Month of Photography)

"KONTINENT - In Search of Europe" is the current, thematically designed joint exhibition of all members of the OSTKREUZ - Agentur der Fotografen in cooperation with the Akademie der Künste.

As an artistic and political statement in the Academy of Arts at Pariser Platz, the exhibition focuses on the present of Europe and critically examines it in 22 positions. In independent projects, the OSTKREUZ photographers* explore various aspects of coexistence in Europe, focusing on personal, social and political phenomena as well as fundamental structures and historical developments.

Participating photographers: Jörg Brüggemann, Espen Eichhöfer, Sibylle Fendt, Johanna-Maria Fritz, Annette Hauschild, Harald Hauswald, Heinrich Holtgreve, Tobias Kruse, Ute Mahler, Werner Mahler, Dawin Meckel, Thomas Meyer, Frank Schinski Jordis Antonia Schlösser, Ina Schoenenburg, Anne Schönharting, Linn Schröder, Stephanie Steinkopf, Mila Teshaieva, Heinrich Völkel, Maurice Weiss, Sebastian Wells and Sibylle Bergemann (1941-2010)

Curator: Ingo Taubhorn

ARTE fotofilms "Letters from photographers"

During this period of contact ban, 9 photographers from Germany and France send a photo letter to ARTE Info every week. The photographers observe the world around them and report on their current living conditions. A personal and poetic look at a helpless world. Every week a series of the letters is presented on ARTE Info. There are 5 photographers* from OSTKREUZ: Jörg Brüggemann, Johanna-Maria Fritz, Tobias Kruse, Stephanie Steinkopf and Sebastian Wells.

Director: Paul Ouazan

ARTE Atelier de recherches, ARTE France

Produced by: ARTE France Développement France 2020



Tobias Kruse · Exhibition in Hamburg

Tobias Kruse shows his new work "Deponie", which was created in the context of the "Recommended Olympus Fellowship". The exhibition of the three fellows will then be shown at Fotoforum Frankfurt and FOAM Amsterdam.

Vernissage: Friday, 20.03.2020, 6.30 pm
Duration: 20.03.–14.06.2020
Location: House of Photography, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Deichtorstr. 1–2, 20095 Hamburg

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Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler · Exhibition in Mannheim

As part of the Biennale for Contemporary Photography, Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler's work "Kleinstadt" was selected by the curator David Campany for the central exhibition "Walker Evans Revisited" at the Kunsthalle Mannheim. This exhibition brings together artistic positions from Europe and America that revive Walker Evans' work.

Vernissage: Friday, 28.02.2020, 5.30 pm
Duration: 29.02.-26.04.2020
Location: Kunsthalle Mannheim, Friedrichsplatz 4, 68165 Mannheim

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Jordis Schlösser · greenpeace magazin

"Hambi" remains - but seven towns are still to make way for brown coal mining in the Rhineland.
The photographer Jordis Schlösser documents the inner conflict of the inhabitants and the absurdity of German coal policy.

The  for DEUTSCHLAND IM JAHRE 2019- 22 photo films
a cooperation of ARTE France and OSTKREUZ; Director: Paul Ouzan 
emerged series has now been published in greenpeace magazine.

Link to the photofilm

Espen Eichhöfer · Exhibition in Berlin

Together with Katharina Mouratidi and Natascha Pohlmann, Espen Eichhöfer has curated the current exhibition "Das illegale Bild" for f³.
Six artistic positions illuminate the question of legal and illegal images - between social taboo, social relevance and artistic freedom. Espen Eichhöfer's work "A to B" is also part of the exhibition.

Vernissage: Wednesday, 05.02.2020, 7 pm
Duration: 06.02.–05.04.2020
Location: f³, free space for photography, Waldemarstraße 17, 10179 Berlin

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Sibylle Fendt · Exhibition in Hamburg

The experiences of loss, grief and change hold a disturbing potential that is difficult to name and seems to elude representation. The exhibition "Mourning" is dedicated to this theme and shows Sibylle Fendt's work "Gärtners Reise".

Vernissage: 06.02.2020, 7 pm
Duration: 07.02.-14.05.2020
Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle, Glockengießerwall 5, 20095 Hamburg

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Jörg Brüggemann · Exhibition in Nancy

The series "Hello Berlin!" was created in the summer in Berlin and shows not only a journey to the city's landmarks, but also the everyday life of the tourist places with a special view on the youth in the metropolis Berlin.

Vernissage: Thursday, 30.01.2020, 6.30 pm
Duration: 01.02.–27.03.2020
Place: GOETHE INSTITUTE Nancy, 39 rue de la Ravinelle, 54052 Nancy

As part of the exhibition "Hello Berlin!", a selection of films from the ARTE series "Germany in 2019" will be shown on the opening evening, which Ostkreuz 2019 has realized in cooperation with the director Paul Ouazan for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Further information here.

Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler · Exhibition in Rostock

Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler have been creating their own oeuvre for 30 years, and since 2009 they have been working on common series of works. For this comprehensive exhibition, which presents the work of Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler in its entirety, a total of 700 works have been selected by the curatorial team Ingo Taubhorn and Brigitte Woischnik.

Vernissage: Saturday, 25.01.2020, 6 pm
Artist talk: 26.01.2020, 14 h
Duration: 26.01.–13.04.2020
Location: Kunsthalle Rostock, Hamburger Straße 40, 18069 Rostock

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Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler · Exhibition in Augsburg

The dialogical exhibition "Kein schöner Land" contrasts the comprehensive work "Kleinstadt" by Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler with the series "Hinterland" by Hans-Christian Schink. In the emphatically unagitated and carefully compiled photographs, the exhibition attempts to question the potential of concepts such as small town or hinterland in the sense of a utopian concept of home based on Ernst Bloch.

Vernissage: Thursday, 23 January, 7.30 pm
Duration: 24.01.–15.03.2020
Location: New gallery in the Höhmannhaus, Maximilianstraße 48, 86150 Augsburg

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Mila Teshaieva · Exhibition in Halle

The exhibition "UNSEEN / UNGESEHEN" shows four different views of Europe from four female photographers on their travels. Mila Teshaieva shows photographs taken in the rural regions of Albania and in former industrial cities in eastern Germany. The exhibition was initiated by the Goethe Institute Milan.

Vernissage: Saturday, 18.01.2020, 3 pm
Duration: 19.01.–23.02.2020
Location: Art Foundation of the State of Saxony-Anhalt, Neuwerk 11, 06108 Halle (Saale)

Further information here.

Sebastian Wells · Exhibition in Braunschweig

The group exhibition "Framing Identity" deals with the question of what moves people of Generation Y today and takes a current, photographic look at their search for identity and at existing role models. Sebastian Wells' series "Hong Kong Protests", created in August 2019, is shown in the exhibition.

Vernissage: Friday, 17.01.2020, 7 pm
Duration: 18.01.–23.02.2020
Location: Museum for Photography Braunschweig, Helmstedter Straße 1, 38102 Braunschweig

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Exhibition in Lieusaint near Paris

Ute Mahler, Werner Mahler and Maurice Weiss.

What images do we keep of the fall of the Wall thirty years later? The exhibition "A City between Times" brings together three independent photographic works. With "Living Together" Ute Mahler draws a private panorama of the former GDR society. Werner Mahler captured the events of 9 November and Maurice Weiss captured the beginning of the 1990s, when the city of Berlin underwent a transformation. Maurice Weiss will be present at the vernissage.

Vernissage: Saturday, 25.01.2020, 5 pm
Duration: 7.01.–8.02.2020
Location: Théâtre-Sénart, 8–10 Allée de la Mixité, 77127 Lieusaint (near Paris)

Further information here.


DEUTSCHLAND IM JAHRE 2019 · 22 Photofilms

GERMANY IN YEAR 2019 - 22 photo films - Screening in Berlin
An extraordinary project of the OSTKREUZ agency of photographers,
ARTE Info and ARTE France Développement. Director: Paul Ouazan

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the 22 photographers of the agency OSTKREUZ have been invited for a personal inventory of Germany. They photographed, each in their own way, a theme that seems to them emblematic of today's Germany. A sensitive look at German society in 2019, as well as a unique, experimental encounter between photography and television. At the beginning of the evening there will be an introduction by director Paul Ouazan (Atelier de recherche d'ARTE France) and OSTKREUZ photographer Jörg Brüggemann. Concluding discussion with the director and the OSTKREUZ photographers.

Date Berlin: 18.11.2019, 19:30 Uhr
Screening, Germany in 2019.
Location: BABYLON Berlin, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, 10178 Berlin, Germany

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Sibylle Bergemann · Exhibition in Culver City

The exhibition "The Medea Uprising: Radical Women Artists behind the Iron Curtain" shows works by Eastern European women artists who expressed their dissatisfaction with the authoritarian system before 1989 in their works, which have references to ancient mythology. Sibylle Bergemann's photographs are part of this exhibition.

Duration: 10.11.2019–05.04.2020
Location: The Wende Museum, 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City, California 90230

Further information here.

Espen Eichhöfer · greenpeace magazin.

Espen Eichhöfer hat für das greenpeace magazin. den wilden Osten in Thüringen, Brandenburg und Vorpommern fotografiert.

Ute Mahler & Werner Mahler · Exhibition in Biesdorf

The exhibition "Von Menschen und Mauern - 30 Jahre nach dem Fall der Berliner Mauer" shows various artistic works on the Berlin Wall, its opening and slow disappearance. The perspectives of the participating artists show dividing lines and boundaries between the excluded and the included, and illuminate the relationship between man and political power. Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler show in their work "Wo die Welt zu Ende war" that there is not much more to be seen of the horror.

Vernissage: Sunday, 27.10.2019, 6 p.m.
Duration: 28.10.2019–14.02.2020
Location: Schloss Biesdorf, Alt-Biesdorf 55, 12683 Berlin, Germany

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Johanna-Maria Fritz · German Peace Prize Photography

We are very happy that Johanna-Maria Fritz won the first German Peace Prize for Photography with her series "Like a bird"! This prize was awarded for the first time as part of the "Felix Schoeller Photo Award".

Further information about the prize can be found here.

Her works can be seen in a group exhibition in the Museumsquartier Osnabrück.

Duration: 20.10. – 08.03.2020
Location: Museumsquartier Osnabrück, Lotter Straße 2, 49078 Osnabrück, Germany

Further information about the exhibition here.

Stephanie Steinkopf · DIE ZEIT

Stephanie Steinkopf hat Beatrice Richter für DIE ZEIT No 42 porträtiert.

Ute Mahler & Werner Mahler · David Octavius Hill Medal

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We are delighted that the German Photographic Academy has awarded Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler the David Octavius Hill Medal for their "Kleinstadt" series! The medal will be presented to them at the opening of the "1000 Wirklichkeiten" festival week.

Award ceremony: 9.10.2019, 7 p.m.
Location: Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Deichtorstraße 1-2, 20095 Hamburg