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Jule Hillgärtner über Dawin Meckel

[Translate to English:] © Dawin Meckel/OSTKREUZ

On Wednesday, October 17th, 2012, this year's FotoDoks will be opened with the vernissage of the exhibition "Achtung?! – Respect, Control, Change" in Munich.
OSTKREUZ photographer Dawin Meckel is going to take part in the exhibition with his series "Malawi – In Transition".

Jule Hillgärtner, a media scholar also trained in art education, who did her PhD on photographies and videos in embedded war reporting and who will hold a lecture performance on "Representing war from A to Z" at this year's Fotodoks, discusses Dawin Meckel's work in the catalogue accompanying the festival. Unfortunately the text is available only in German.

 

Vom Zeigen und Offenhalten. Zu Dawin Meckels Fotografien Malawi - In Transition

Auf der Wohlstands-Rangliste der Vereinten Nationen belegt Malawi den 171. Platz. Das ist bei insgesamt 187 Plätzen, die im Rahmen des Human Development Index zu vergeben sind, ziemlich weit hinten. Mit einem Pro-Kopf-Einkommen von weniger als 350 US-Dollar im Jahr gehört Malawi zu den ärmsten Ländern der Welt. Es gilt als ressourcenarm, infrastrukturell unterentwickelt sowie bildungsschwach und ist daher in extrem hohem Umfang auf ausländische Entwicklungshilfe angewiesen. Im Durchschnitt bringt eine Frau in Malawi sechs Kinder zur Welt, die Lebenserwartung liegt bei etwa 55 Jahren und von den rund 16 Millionen Menschen sind etwa eine Million an AIDS erkrankt.
All das zeichnet ein trübes Bild. Und zwar eines, das meine ohnehin äußerst vagen und unspezifischen Vorstellungen von Malawi, diesem zierlichen Zipfel Land im Südosten Afrikas, unwillkürlich bestätigt: Hier werden Körbe geflochten und Gefäße auf Köpfen getragen, wird getrommelt und im Kreis getanzt, hier schauen mich Kinder aus großen braunen Augen an, die von einem traurigen Glanz überzogen sind. So gängig diese Klischees sind, so sicher kann gelten, dass sie nicht ganz und gar stimmen, sondern eine allzu sehr vereinfachte Darstellung bedeuten, verkürzt auf das vermeintlich Charakteristische dieses von Schwierigkeiten belasteten Landes. Denn Fotografien, die unser Bild von Malawi im Besonderen und Entwicklungsländern im Allgemeinen bestimmen, stehen nicht selten im Kontext von Spendenaufrufen, welche es geradezu zwingend erscheinen lassen, das jeweilige Land als archaisches und die Menschen als Opfer darzustellen.


Dawin Meckel hat von seiner Reise nach Malawi im Frühjahr 2009 Aufnahmen mitgebracht, die nichts erklären, aber vieles zeigen. Zwar erlaubt die Serie Malawi in Transition, mit Motiven von Wellblechdächern auf improvisiert wirkenden Bauten oder von Frauen, die groß gemusterte Kleidung und ihre Kinder auf dem Rücken tragen, durchaus ein Wiedererkennen von schon häufig Gesehenem. Allerdings nie, ohne dem angeblich Bekannten, dem verbrauchten Bildklischee, etwas entgegenzusetzen – sowohl im einzelnen Foto als auch innerhalb der gesamten Abfolge. Einige Motive ließen sich ohne zusätzliche Information noch nicht einmal dem afrikanischen Kontinent zuordnen, sondern könnten vielerorts fotografiert worden sein: Sei es ein junger Mann, der sich mit Sonnenbrille auf dem Kopf und weißem Stöpsel im Ohr zwischen Gelände- und anderen Wagen auf dem Parkplatz vor einer Shopping Mall mit abgeklärtem Blick zur Kamera dreht; sei es die gepflegte Hotelanlage, wo Herren in noblen Anzügen ihre Geschäfte machen; oder seien es die Porträts zweier Studierenden in den Fluren ihrer Universität. Dass diese Fotografien ihren Entstehungsort weder lautstark zum Thema machen noch völlig verschweigen, darin liegt ihre Überzeugungskraft.

Die Serie, die Dawin Meckel in Lilongwe, der Hauptstadt Malawis, und Blantyre, dem Finanz- und Wirtschaftszentrum, fotografiert hat, verweigert sich dem simplen Einordnen. Stattdessen fordert sie alle, die sie betrachten, heraus, sich jedem einzelnen Bild ähnlich behutsam anzunähern, wie einst der Fotograf selbst es tat, um seinen Bilderwartungen und Wahrnehmungsgewohnheiten bewusst aus dem Weg zu gehen. Was daraus entsteht, ist die Gelegenheit sich zu wundern, sich überraschen zu lassen und offen zu sein für das, was in ein und demselben Augenblick auf zweierlei Ebenen stattfindet: zum einen im Betrachtungsprozess selbst, wenn frische Bilder sich allmählich über frühere legen, zum anderen in Bezug auf Malawi als Land, in dem eine Dynamik des Aufbruchs zu bemerken ist, eine Kraft und Hoffnung und Motivation, die in mancher Fotografie sichtbare Spuren hinterlassen hat.

Indem sich die Bilder und das, was sie zeigen, letztlich gerade nicht einordnen lassen, veranschaulichen sie den möglichen Umschwung in seiner spannendsten, weil noch nicht entschiedenen Phase: Ob es Malawi schafft, wie schon in den vergangenen zehn Jahren seine wirtschaftliche, bildungspolitische und infrastrukturelle Lage weiter voranzutreiben, ist wohl ungewiss, aber keineswegs unmöglich. Vielleicht hängt es nicht zuletzt davon ab, wie aufmerksam diese Entwicklungen von außen betrachtet werden – und sei es auf Fotografien, die, weil sie nicht kategorisieren und vereinfachen, sondern vielmehr flirren und schwanken, Ahnungen zulassen und unsere Sicht auf die Dinge ausweiten.

FotoDoks 2012: 17. Oktober - 21. Oktober 2012
"ACHTUNG?! – RESPECT, CONTROL, CHANGE"
Vernissage & Festivaleröffnung: 17. Oktober 2012, 19.00 Uhr
Ausstellung: 17. Oktober - 25. November 2012
Werkstattgespräch mit den ausstellenden Fotografen: 20. Oktober 2012, 14.00 Uhr

Münchner Stadtmuseum
St.-Jakobs-Platz 1, 80331 München
Di - So: 10.00 - 18.00 Uhr
www.maximiliansforum.de

Lecture Performance: "Krieg darstellen von A bis Z" mit Jule Hillgärtner
20. Oktober 2012, 19.00 Uhr
MaximiliansForum
www.maximiliansforum.de

 


Dawin Meckel · Exhibition at the FotoDoks 2012

[Translate to English:] © Dawin Meckel/OSTKREUZ

Commissioned by the Goethe Institute, OSTKREUZ photographer Dawin Meckel traveled through Malawi in spring 2009. The resulting series "Malawi in Transition" will be shown at the FotoDoks 2012 in Munich from 17 october on.

The festival for contemporary documentary photography, which is being held for the fifth time, is one of the most important in the German-speaking area. This year it is devoted to "Attention?! - Respect, Control, Change". In the exhibition and the framework programme, it deals with significant questions in contemporary documentary photography: What is the photographer's responsibility versus his medium and his protagonists? Which issues deserve attention? Who controls the image? How does the image control the world? Who gives attention to whom? What are the developments we need to be careful with?

Amongst the fourteen photographers who have been invited alongside Dawin Meckel to participate in the group exhibition are Simon Norfork and Simon Roberts from this year FotoDoks host country Great Britain.
Besides the exhibition, the centerpiece of the festival, lectures, discussions, guides and tours are also on the programme.

FotoDoks 2012: 17 October - 21 October 2012
"Attention?! - Respect, Control, Change"
Vernissage & Festival Opening: 17 October 2012, 7.00 pm
Exhibition: 17 October - 25 November 2012
Workshop talk with the exhibiting photographers: 20 October 2012, 2.00 pm

Munich City Museum
St.-Jakobs-Platz 1, 80331 Munich
Tue - Sun: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
www.stadtmuseum-online.de


New OSTKREUZ-Exhibition „On Borders“

[Translate to English:] © Dawin Meckel/OSTKREUZ

When you see an exhibition hanging on the walls you often have no conception of long it has been silently prepared. Over two years we have been busy with our new joint project and in November it is finally time: The exhibition opens at the Haus der Kulturen in Berlin and the catalog is published at Hatje Cantz.
In the meantime, our photographers have gone around the world, in search of borders, that are important today. They were present when a new state was created in the desert, they have visited a city of walls and crossed an island that lies in two countries. They have ventured to a place that catches those who can not fall lower and where the world was once over, they found a young forest. In different places, in their past and on their own bodies, they have explored various visible and invisible boundaries.

More about "On Borders" in the coming weeks on our blog.


„Über Grenzen“
Opening: 8 November 2012
Exhibition: 9 November 2012 - 30 December 2012

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin


Joerg Brueggemann · Exhibition in Cologne

[Translate to English:] © Jörg Brüggemann/OSTKREUZ

Joerg Bruegemann's Metalheads are probably still revovering from Wacken festival, now they can alreday be seen in an exhibition in Cologne.

"Kill Your Darlings"
Opening: 31 August 2012, 8.30 pm
Exhibition: 1 September - 30 September

neues kunstforum
Alteburger Wall 1, 50678 Köln
Thu - Sun 3pm -6pm
http://www.neues-kunstforum.com/


Tobias Kruse · Single Exhibition at Harz

[Translate to English:] © Tobias Kruse/OSTKREUZ

The crooked house in Wernigerode has been standing since the 14th Century, but only since spring it hosts a photography museum. Tobias Kruse is thus one of the first artists who exhibits there. As of early August, he shows his series Into the Sun, for which he ventured to Lloret de Mar in the midst of a mob of partying teenagers.

"Into the Sun"
Opening: 4 August, 7.00 pm
Exhibition: 5 August - 31 October

MUSEUM SCHIEFES HAUS
Klintgasse 5, 38855 Wernigerode
Tue - Sun 11.00 - 5.00 pm


Joerg Brueggemann at Wacken festival

[Translate to English:] © Jörg Brüggemann/OSTKREUZ

Once a year, heavy metal fans from all over the world gather at the festival in Wacken, North Germany. Maybe this time they will see a few familiar faces in the Metalheads exhibition at the Art Tent. For this project, Joerg Brueggemann photographed metal fans around the globe. Of course also in Wacken.

"Metalheads"
Exhibition: 1 - 4 August
Wacken Open Air


Heinrich Voelkel & Julian Roeder · Red Dot Award

[Translate to English:] © Heinrich Völkel/OSTKREUZ

OSTKREUZ and the theatre are linked by a long history. Our founding members celebrated in GDR times with Heiner Mueller, Sibylle Bergemann accompanied the Ramba Ramba ensemble for years and with the actors portraits in our archive we could fill a couple of exhibits.
Julian Roeder and Heinrich Voelkel continue this tradition and take photos for the State Theatre in Mainz. The play time book with their pictures hast just won the renowned red


Joerg Brueggemann · Exhibition in Berlin

[Translate to English:] © Jörg Brüggemann/OSTKREUZ

Sylt in Berlin. For the beginning of summer, the Willy-Brandt-Haus exhibits pictures of the mythical North Sea island. Robert Lebeck shows Sylt in the 60s, Peter Bialobrzeski merges several coast photos into one, and Joerg Brueggemann focuses on the people who work, while all others are basking in the sun: the lifeguards.

"Sylt - im Spiegel zeitgenössischer Fotografie"
Exhibition: 6 July - 26 August 2012
Opening: 5 July 2012, 7.00 pm

Willy-Brandt-Haus
Wilhelmstraße 140 / Stresemannstraße 28, Berlin
Tue-Sun, 12.00 - 6.00 pm
www.willy-brandt-haus.de


OSTKREUZ at the Lead Awards

[Translate to English:] © Julian Röder/OSTKREUZ

ulian Roeder has won the Lead Awards silver medal in the category documentary photography. OSTKREUZ photographers Sibylle Bergemann, Tobias Kruse and Frank Schinski have also been awarded. They are all represented in the Lead Awards exhibition at the Hamburg Deichtorhallen. "Visual Leader 2012"
Exhibition: 21 June - 26 August 2012 Deichtorhallen Hamburg - Haus der Photographie
Deichtorstraße 1 - 2, 20095 Hamburg
Tue- Sun 11.00 - 18.00 Uhr


"Ostzeit" in Krakow

[Translate to English:] © Ute Mahler/OSTKREUZ

Our group project Ostzeit (eastern time) shows everyday life in the GDR - the housing in the P2 prefab buildings, the first of May parades, the cohesion in a Thuringian village. Now the exhibition goes to Poland, a country that has experienced its own "Ostzeit".

"GDR. Stories From a Country which is no More"
Opening: 21 June, 6.00 pm
Exhibition: 22 June - 2 September

MCK
International Cultural Centre
Rynek Glówny 25, 31-008 Krakow
Tue - Sat 11.00 - 6.00 pm, Sun 11.00 am - 5.00 pm
http://www.mck.krakow.pl/page/next-exhibitions


Linn Schroeder · Group Exhibition in Hamburg

[Translate to English:] © Linn Schröder/OSTKREUZ

Artists who have worked together frequently in the past and live now dispersed in several cities, meet again for a joint exhibition in Hamburg. Linn Schroeder will participate with pictures of her series TO BEJEWEL.

"Hôtel particulier"
Opening: 15 June 2012, 7.00 pm
Exhibition: 16 June - 24 June 2012

Galerie Oel-Früh
Brandshofer Deich 45, 20539 Hamburg
Wed 7.00 pm - 00.00, Thu 00:00 to 12:00
http://oelfrueh.org/


OSTKREUZ exhibition at Photo Espana

[Translate to English:] © Tobias Kruse/OSTKREUZ

OSTKREUZ has already produced its third generation, the year of the agency's foundation some of our photographers were still in primary school. Young OSTKREUZ represents us now with its own exhibition at the international Photography Festival "Photo Espana". Joerg Brueggemann, Sibylle Fendt, Tobias Kruse and Julian Roeder will fly south for the opening and present their favorite projects.
"OSTKREUZ – Cuatro perspectivas de la agencia berlinesa"
Exhibition: 7 June - 20 July 2012

Goethe-Institut in Madrid
C / Zurbaran 21, 28010 Madrid
Mon - Fri 9.00 am - 8.00 pm


Dawin Meckel · Exhibition Berlin

[Translate to English:] © Dawin Meckel/OSTKREUZ

Thursday is "Nachtschicht" - the long night of the open design studios in Berlin. OSTKREUZ photographer Dawin Meckel shows his series „Übercity“ at the new AMBIVALENZ Showroom.
In his pictures Dawin Meckel merges three cities into a mega-metropolis that assembles the characteristics of all global cities. Shanghai, Hydarabad, Sao Paolo und New Delhi become one "Übercity". „Nachtschicht – Lange Nacht der offenen Designstudios“
Opening Showroom Ambivalenz: 7 June 2012, 7.00 pm
Ambivalenz Stargarder Strasse 56a, 10437 Berlin


Linn Schröder · Group Exhibition in Vienna

[Translate to English:] © Linn Schröder/OSTKREUZ

The Vienna Photography Gallery "Westlicht" is getting a sister: "Ostlicht" opens in June in the premises of a former bread factory. The first exhibition is about the time between dusk and dawn: the dreams, the darkness, the going out, the sleep and the loneliness, the crime, the sex and the silence.
Linn Schröder shows images of her series TO THE MOON. "Nacht"
Opening: 4 June, 6.00 pm with music by Peter Kruder
Exhibition: 5 June - 29 September 2012 Ostlicht. Galerie für Fotografie
Absberggasse 27, 1100 Vienna
Wed - Sat 12:00 - 6.00 pm
http://www.ostlicht.at


Sibylle Bergemann · Exhibition in Hofheim

[Translate to English:] 24.05.2012

Black and white photography is much more abstract than color photography and that is what makes it so timeless. Our colorful world is here a simple light and shade, it is reduced to finest gray tones.
The "Stadtmuseum Hofheim" presents an exhibition with black and white photographs by artists of the last hundred years. On one side of the generational spectrum are Marta Hoepffner and Robert Häusser, on the other side Martin Brockhoff and Marcin Nowicki. In between: Arno Fischer and Sibylle Bergemann. „Über Generationen. Bildsprache Schwarzweiss“
Exhibition: 3 June – 16 September 2012 Stadtmuseum Hofheim am Taunus
Burgstraße 11
65719 Hofheim am Taunus
Tue 10.00 am - 13.00 pm Tue - Fri 2. 00 pm - 5. 00 pm, Sat/Sun 11.00 am - 6.00 pm
www.hofheim.de


Dawin Meckel · ADC Preis

The Berlin newspaper Morgenpost ad campaign with photos by Dawin Meckel won a prize from the Art Directors Club. The ADC Price is given every year and is considered one of the most important awards in the advertising industry.


Julian Roeder · Group Exhibition in Bonn

[Translate to English:] © Julian Röder/OSTKREUZ


Pictures covering 50 years of youth culture are shown in the exhibition "Forever Young". From the German Historical Museum in Berlin the show now travels to Bonn. It presents works from the awardees of five decades German "Jugendfotopreis". Amongst them OSTKREUZ photographer Julian Roeder, winner in 2002.

"Für immer jung - 50 Jahre Deutscher Jugendfotopreis"
Exhibition: 16 May - 12 August 2012

LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn
Colmantstr. 14-16, 53115 Bonn
Tue - Fri, Sun 11.00 - 6.00 pm, Sat 1.00 - 6.00 pm
www.rlmb.lvr.de


Joerg Brueggemann · Metalheads Special Edition

[Translate to English:] © Jörg Brüggemann/OSTKREUZ

For three years, Joerg Brueggemann photographed metal fans around the globe. "Metalheads: The Global Brotherhood" is now being published in a special edition limited to 20 copies. The edition box includes the book signed by the artist, a print with the "80th Thrash Metal Fan", a Metalheads-Patch and a T-shirt with the Metalheadslogo, probably the smartest M that is curently around.
Metalheads Special Edition on OSTKREUZ-Store
80th Thrash Metal Fan


Linn Schröder at Deichtorhallen

[Translate to English:] © Linn Schröder/OSTKREUZ

Linn Schroeder has been awarded the European Photo Exhibition Award as one out of 12 photographers. The awardees worked on photo essays on European issues, which are shown in May at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg. Linn Schroeder will present her new series SOMEWHERE HERE. The work will then move to Paris in autumn 2012 (during Paris Photo), followed by Lucca in November 2012 (at Lucca Photo Fest) and finally Oslo in March 2013 (Nobel Peace Center). „European Photo Exhibition Award"
Opening: 2 May 2012, 7.00 pm
Exhibition: 3 May - 3 June 2012
Deichtorhallen Hamburg - Haus der Photographie
Deichtorstraße 1 - 2, 20095 Hamburg
Tue - Sun 11.00 am - 6.00 pm www.deichtorhallen.de
www.epeaphoto.org


OSTKREUZ at the Darmstadt Days of Photography

[Translate to English:] © Julian Röder/OSTKREUZ

Financial crisis and political upheavals, technological revolutions and increasing complexity of everyday life: everything is changing and there is no end in sight. Of course, this leaves traces in current photography and these are the theme of the 7th Darmstadt Days of Photography.
At the symposium, our office manager Betty Fink talks about the OSTKREUZ principles and how the agency deals with hard times. Julian Roeder gives a talk about his work and shows pictures of his SUMMITS at the main exhibition.

"Picture traces - Restless presents"
Opening: 20 April 2012, 6.00 pm
Exhibition: 20 - 22 April 2012
Designhaus
Eugen-Bracht-Weg 6, 64287 Darmstadt

Symposium: 21 April 2012, 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Fachbereich Gestaltung der h_da
Olbrichweg 10 | 64287 Darmstadt
www.dtdf.de



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