Sibylle Bergemann - solo exhibition in Berlin

The Berlinische Galerie - Museum für Moderne Kunst presents the different narrative levels of the unique pictorial cosmos of our founding photographer Sibylle Bergemann in the comprehensive retrospective exhibition "Sibylle Bergemann. Stadt, Land, Hund. Fotografien 1966-2010". Over a period of more than four decades, Bergemann (1941-2010) created an extraordinary body of work consisting of city, fashion and portrait photographs as well as essayistic reportages. Recurring motifs are the city, women and, time and again, dogs. Wanderlust is an important driving force behind her photographic practice worldwide: Dakar, Moscow, New York and Paris were among her destinations. The project is a cooperation with the Estate Sibylle Bergemann.

Opening: 23.6.2022, 7 pm

Duration: 24.6. until 10.10.2022

Further information on the exhibition here.

Mila Teshaieva - solo exhibition in Berlin

From the end of June, the Museum of European Cultures will be showing Mila Teshaieva's current war diary, which she photographed for the internet platform from the beginning of the war in Ukraine. 

Opening: 23.6.2022

Further information on the exhibition here.

"Evacuation Trains in Pictures"

The accompanying program to the photography exhibition "After the escape" at the Zion Church deals with the possibilities of a reflected view in and outside of war events, curated by Kateryna Mishchenko.

Since the end of February 2022, Ukraine's entire logistics have changed to war: Evacuations, separations, deliveries of aid, the return of mostly male Ukrainians:inside who suddenly had to take up arms have become everyday practices. Through this dramatic dynamic, the people affected are forced to adopt new identities and role models in the short term: Artists:ins become soldiers:ins, hipsters:ins become social workers:ins, wealthy lawyers:ins become suppliers of medicines, and large numbers of fleeing working women* become single parents or have to care for their relatives. How can these changes forced by the outbreak of war be described and represented when media and art professionals themselves are subject to this change of meaning, since they too are directly involved in the war? How do personal stories of flight influence work in war and crisis zones? How can we report on wars? What (artistic) media are available to us for this purpose? What role do proximity and distance play in creating and viewing images? In the program accompanying the exhibition "After the Flight", Ukrainian and German media and cultural professionals as well as academics will talk about the possibilities of a reflected view in and outside of war events. 

Reading "What do we do with flour, we rather need a baker". 
Sat, 14.05, 7:00 pm 

Diary of Evacuation by Kateryna Iakovlenko Discussion with Angelina Kariakina (editor-in-chief of the newsroom "Suspilne", the Ukrainian public radio station, Kyiv), Florian Bachmeier (photographer, Munich), moderated by Susanne Strätling (professor of general and comparative literature with a focus on Slavic literature at the Free University of Berlin) and translated by Frank Thomas. The event will be held in German. 

The war in Ukraine is spoken and written about worldwide, it is represented in auditory and visual images. Its media representation is supposed to create empathy and solidarity with Ukrainians, although this often seems to be subject to today's fast pace and the short attention span associated with it. How do mediators of war deal with this? What difference does it make if they themselves are directly involved or affected? What ethical questions do they ask themselves during their work? Do they always succeed in reflecting or even questioning themselves in the process of mediation? 


Panel discussion "Rescuing Art" 
Wed, 25.05.2022, 7 p.m., Zionskirche Berlin 

War challenges art and artist:ing, as well as all other areas of life and professional practices, to reinvent themselves. In such an extraordinary situation, does art possess a heightened mediating function? What practices does war impose? How can artworks and artists:inside be protected?

Date: Wednesday, 25.05.2022, 7 p.m., Zionskirche Berlin 

Prologue: Alarming Symphony by Sasha Kurmaz 

Conversation with: 
Kateryna Iakovlenko (author, art scholar)
& Alona Karavai (cultural manager, curator)
moderated by Wendy M.K. Shaw (art historian specializing in Islamic cultures)


Concert Mavka & Jazz Aid Ukraine
Sat, 28.05.2022, 7 p.m., Zionskirche Berlin 

We are pleased to conclude the accompanying program "Evacuation Trains in Pictures" in cooperation with Mavka & Jazz Aid Ukraine. The concert will take place as the last evening event in the Zionskirche before it will temporarily close its doors for restoration works in early summer.

Our project takes place in cooperation with the Förderverein Zionskirche e.V. and is supported by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb) and the Rudolf Augstein Foundation.

Nach der Flucht | After the Escape | Після порятунку

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An exhibition project combining pictures by Ostkreuz photography agency, the »Records of War Archive« with live events curated by Kateryna Mishchenko and Vitsche (among others).

Opening: May 6th, 2022, 6pm at Zionskirche Berlin

May 6th – June 6th 2022

Opening hours:

Mo – Sa 2pm - 6 pm
So 12 pm - 4 pm


Zionskirche, Zionskirchplatz, 10119 Berlin-Mitte

Each day, gruesome news and pictures reach us from Ukraine. There is a war in Europe. Millions of people are fleeing from the Russian army.

Two members of the Ostkreuz photography agency, Johanna-Maria Fritz and Mila Teshaieva, are in Ukraine since the large-scale war started. Their contributions to the exhibition show us what people are fleeing from. Since the beginning of March, Ostkreuz photographers are portraying those who are on the run. In short texts, refugees tell their personal stories.

»After the Escape« wants to set a stage for Ukrainian people. We want to invite artists and performers from Ukraine to a series of events at Zionskirche Berlin. The project was founded as a reaction and is continually shapeshifting as it's going along. We want to listen, to learn, to be committed.

A forum for encounters
Zionskirche Berlin has a storied past. During the former GDR era, it offered shelter for people who didn't want to or who could not flee their country. The Zionskirche was an important place for the democracy movement in the former GDR. Now, for four weeks until its renovation begins, the church opens its doors for a new forum for encounters.

The exhibition "Nach der Flucht" is funded by the Rudolf Augstein Foundation. The accompanying programme of events, curated by Kateryna Mishchenko, is funded by Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung.

Further information on the project partners::

Press material here.

»Records of war« is a publishing project led by an editorial team of displaced Ukrainians who collect and translate diaries and personal memories of people directly affected by the Russia-Ukraine war. Please consider supporting the project by donating directly. All donations are distributed among the authors as flat fees, while the editorial team works voluntarily.


May 8th 2022, 7pm 

»Golosinnya« (engl. lamentation) is curated by Serafima Brig and Eva Yakubovska from the Vitsche organization. The event consists of two performances:

»Non verba« by Maryana Danchenko reflects upon the idiomatic expression of »I have no words« regarding the horrors of war. The project provides a platform for the current feelings of Ukrainians, and what they felt during World War II. The performance is based on an interview with a woman, who survived a Nazi forced labour camp. 
Bohdan Moroz's performance »Lament« (Golosinnya in Ukrainian) is inspired by the Ukrainian tradition of lamentations for the dead. The work is an attempt to reflect on the horrors and pain, which the Ukraine is facing. It is a threnody for the people, who are brutally murdered by Russian soldiers. The original lament embedded in the performance is addressed to mothers.

The performance takes place at Zionskirche on the occasion of Mother's Day on May 8th. That is one day before parts of the former Soviet Union celebrate the victory over Nazi Germany - the so called »Victory Day«. 

Sibylle Fendt · Exhibition in Berlin

Since 2021, Sibylle Fendt has been portraying artists, actors, authors, musicians and filmmakers. The solo exhibition entitled "_:* Portraits of Artists" at the "F hoch 3" gallery in Berlin-Kreuzberg presents a collection of these photographs to the public for the first time. It provides a unique insight into the variety and diversity of contemporary artistic practice and introduces us to its representatives, who are far too often out of the spotlight.
At the same time, Sibylle Fendt's second limited publication "_:* #2" will be self-published in the form of a handmade slipcase with 30 high-quality picture cards. These can be purchased at the gallery. On three different Wednesdays, talks and readings with Sibylle Fendt and guests will take place in the exhibition as part of the "#Feministwednesday".

Exhibition opening: 5.5.2022, 7 p.m.

Duration: 6.5.-19.6.2022

Photo tours with Sibylle Fendt: 8.5. and 5.6.2022, both 11 a.m.

#Feministwednesdays: 11.5., 25.5., 15.6.2022, each at 7 pm

Further information can be found here 

OSTKREUZ · Group exhibition in Eschborn

Our exhibition "CONTINENT - In Search of Europe" is still on show in Eschborn at the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation until mid-June!
On 16 May, Heinrich Voelkel and Frank Schinski will give a last guided tour of the exhibition and present their personal projects "No Easy Way Out" (Heinrich Voelkel) and " Richtige Einstellung" (Frank Schinski), which were created for the exhibition. Prior registration is required for the guided tour.

The exhibition is a cooperation between OSTKREUZ and the Akademie der Künste and curator Ingo Taubhorn. 

Artist's tour: Monday, 16.5.2022, 6:30 p.m. 

Duration of exhibition: until 12.6.22

Registration for the artist tour can be found here

Annette Hauschild and Tobias Kruse · DIE DEUTSCHE BÜHNE

Annette Hauschild and Tobias Kruse have been alternately photographing the cover motifs for DIE DEUTSCHE BÜHNE since 2014; the 100th cover for the magazine was recently created. In the current issue, the two give insight in an interview about who or what they remember most.

Further information here

Pictures by Annette Hauschild for DIE DEUTSCHE BÜHNE

Pictures by Tobias Kruse for DIE DEUTSCHE BÜHNE

Stephanie Steinkopf - solo exhibition in Berlin

For several years, the number of homeless women in Germany has been increasing. Domestic violence, forced evictions and mental illness are common reasons for this. Many homeless women are mentally ill. They decide against assisted living and in favour of a self-determined life. From 2013 to 2015, Stephanie Steinkopf accompanied homeless women in Berlin for her work "Vogelfrei". Here, she questions the often prejudiced view of people and thus highlights the interrelation between poverty, exclusion and social justice. The Hansa Library is showing the exhibition as part of the "Open for Culture" programme. There will be a talk with Stephanie Steinkopf at the exhibition opening.

Opening: 29.5.2022, 2 - 4 p.m.

Duration: 30.5. until 10.7.2022

Further information here

Jörg Brüggemann - Group exhibition in Dortmund

For the project "Experiment HEIMAT", different teams, each consisting of one author and one photographer, researched "their" places under the aspect of "home" in North Rhine-Westphalia. In encounters and exchanges with the people living there, social groups (such as local history societies or migration associations) and visitors, they investigated the meaning they ascribed to the respective place. The central question was always to what extent the view from outside coincides with the self-perception of the people living in Westphalia of "their" home. As part of this project, Jörg Brüggemann has collaborated with the author Helene Bukowski on a work about football in Dortmund. The exhibition will be shown at Zeche Zollern in Dortmund from the end of May onwards. A catalogue on the entire project has been published by Hartmann Books:

Duration: 20.5. until 19.6.2022

Further information here

Anne Schönharting · Exhibition in Hamburg

For the exhibition "Dressed. 7 Women - 200 Years of Fashion" Anne Schönharting has photographically staged seven private women's collections for the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg for the accompanying exhibition catalog. The exhibition presents seven fashion-conscious women and their wardrobes, beginning in the 19th century and continuing to the present day. 

The catalog with the photographs by Anne Schönharting is published by Hirmer-Verlag.

Duration: 25.02. until 28.08.2022

Opening: 24.02.2022, 7 p.m.

Here more information about the exhibition.

Sibylle Fendt · Exhibition in France

The Goethe-Institut Nancy is currently showing Sibylle Fendt's exhibition " _:* - Portraits d'artistes féministes". In this exhibition, Sibylle Fendt brings together 24 portraits and statements of artists and cultural workers whom she appreciates for their uniqueness, their unwillingness to compromise, for their very special language and the path they take, and whom she has photographed because of this. The exhibition was organized by the Goethe Institut Nancy in cooperation with OSTKREUZ and the Franco-German Cultural Council. 
Duration: until 31.3.2022

Here is a link to all the information.

Harald Hauswald · Exhibition and app in Berlin

As part of the exhibition "Harald Hauswald - Full of Life! Reloaded," C/O Berlin has developed an app that allows visitors to discover images from the exhibition digitally in public spaces at selected locations in Berlin. With the help of augmented reality technologies, the app transforms billboards in three subway stations into images of the exhibition on the smartphone screen. With the launch of the app, C/O Berlin is presenting visual material by Harald Hauswald, some of which has not yet been shown, as part of the exhibition.

The exhibition "Harald Hauswald - Full of Life! Reloaded" is on view at C/O Berlin until April 21.

More information about the exhibition here
Everything else about the app here.
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OSTKREUZ · Group exhibition in Eschborn

We are happy to announce that our exhibition "KONTINENT - In Search of Europe" continues to travel through Germany and now, after the Kunsthalle Erfurt, will be on display in Eschborn at the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation from the beginning of February! 

"KONTINENT" was created in cooperation with the Akademie der Künste and curator Ingo Taubhorn and was first presented in 2020 as part of EMOP at the Akademie der Künste on Pariser Platz. 

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation is now showing the exhibition as its third stop under the English title "CONTINENT - In Search of Europe".

Duration: 11.2.22 to 12.6.22

Here is a link to all information.

Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler · Talk in Freising

With the current photo project "An den Strömen" (At the Rivers), Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler take a poetic look at Europe along the great rivers of the continent. The "Schafhof", the European artists' house in Upper Bavaria, will show the exhibition until mid-February 2022.

On the last Sunday in January, architecture critic and publicist Wolfgang Kil will introduce the exhibition as part of the art talk series. Afterwards, Wolfgang Kil, art historian and philosopher Dr. Björn Vedder, and Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler will lead a conversation moderated by Eike Berg, director of the Künstlerhaus.

Date: 30.01.2022, 4 p.m.

Duration exhibition: until 13.2.2022

Here is a link to all information.

Espen Eichhöfer · Book presentation in Oslo

The Goethe-Institut Norway has invited our photographer Espen Eichhöfer, who was born and partly raised in Norway, to Oslo for the presentation of his new publication "Papa, Gerd and the Nordmann" (Norwegian "Pappa, Gerd og Nordmannen").  The event will take place as a prelude to the exhibition for the German Photo Book Award 2021. The book is published by Hartmann Books. It can be ordered at our Ostkreuz-Shop.

Date: 01/27/2022, 5:00 p.m.

More information here:

From the Archives - Discussion Event - Berlin

With their extensive oeuvre, Sibylle Bergemann, Harald Hauswald, Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler are among the most important representatives of recent German photographic history. The artist couple Mahler, the estate of Sibylle Bergemann and the project for the archiving and digitization of the negative stock of Harald Hauswald have been working intensively for several years on the securing and indexing of their photographic oeuvre.

In practical reports as well as in a dialogue with Maren Lübbke-Tidow (for Lighting the Archive), the different approaches and challenges of individual archive work will be made visible. The event is intended as a contribution to making visible the diversity of photography in Germany.

An event of the Ostkreuz-Verein für Fotografie e.V. in cooperation with Maren Lübke-Tidow (Lighting the Archive).

Discussion event: 23.11.21, 7 p.m., free admission.

Location: Ostkreuzschule, Behaimstr. 34, 13086 Berlin-Weissensee

OSTKREUZ - Group exhibition - Erfurt

Finally the time has come: We will show our exhibition "CONTINENT - In Search of Europe", which was shown a year ago at the Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz, now at the Kunsthalle Erfurt and open it solemnly! 
Our photographers and staff will be there for the opening together with Ingo Taubhorn, the curator of the exhibition. We are all looking forward to seeing you again in Thuringia!

Opening: 23.10.21, 6 p.m. - in the presence of the OSTKREUZ photographers

Dialogical guided tour: 24.10.21, 11:15 a.m. - Ingo Taubhorn and present photographers

Artist talk: 23.11.21, 6 p.m. - Annette Hauschild, Ina Schoenenburg and Maurice Weiss moderated by Ingo Taubhorn 

Duration: 24.10.21 until 23.1.22

Further information:


Anne Schönharting - artist talk - Hamburg

As part of the festival "Re-Enactment of Things" there will be a public talk with Anne Schönharting and the newly founded label „Come in Tent“, consisting of artists*, academics*, healers* from Germany and countries in Africa, about Anne Schönharting's book "Das Erbe" at M.Bassy in Hamburg. 

Artist talk: 10/27-21, 7 p.m.

Further information:


Sibylle Fendt - Book Publication and Launch

In her publication _:* in the form of a slipcase with 24 picture cards, Sibylle Fendt brings together 24 portraits and statements of artists and cultural workers whom she values highly for their uniqueness, their unwillingness to compromise, and for their very special language and the path they take. All those portrayed are united by a feminist stance. Sibylle Fendt will present her book, published in an edition of 200 copies, at Bildband Berlin during a book launch.

Book launch: 28.10.21, 6 p.m. 

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Group exhibition - Eschborn

The exhibition "Female Perspectives from Vivian Meier to Barbara Klemm" shows works from the Deutsche Börse Photography Art Collection at "The Cube" in Eschborn. Our founders Ute Mahler and Sibylle Bergmann are represented in the exhibition alongside Diane Arbus, Vivian Meier, Susan Meiselas, Barbara Klemm, Helga Paris, Christine Spengler and Mimi Plumb. 

Duration: until 21.1.22

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