2 – 16 MARCH 2021

MISS YOU is a photography exhibition in the midst of the city that brings artists of all genres to the people. It is on view March 2nd – 16th in the heart of the cities Berlin, Hamburg and Baden-Baden. The pictures show actors, musicians, artists, dancers, etc. from the established cultural sector as well as from the so-called free or independent scene in settings far removed from their usual public. There are well-known artists among them, including Katharina Thalbach, Lars Eidinger, Anne Imhof, Max Raabe, Thomas Struth and Cristina Gómez Godoy, as well as less famous artists from the independent scene ranging from a jazz trombonist, a DJ, choreographers or music producers to a couple of puppeteers. The exhibition sends a signal: We miss you and we’re looking forward to seeing you again soon. And it also shows: we all belong together.

The cultural lockdown has us all in its grip and we feel once again the significance that culture has for us, how important the social contacts, conversations and thoughts are that come to us from all sections of the arts. In this respect we have been surrounded and 

spoiled for decades by this vast wealth of inspiration which we have taken for granted and from which we have all profited.
For years we have immersed ourselves in so many wonderful exhibitions, concerts and evenings in the theatre. We could enjoy the visual arts or be provoked by them, surrender ourselves to music that moves our hearts, be carried away or thrilled by a performance or by the suggestive effect of artistic works. And we have been missing all this for months and months.

Before this backdrop, would it not be a good idea to bring to mind the people who have created all this richness for us? What are these artists doing now in lockdown?

The exhibition wants to shine a light on artists, now that they have been out of sight for months, and the cultural institutions have been closed. 18 photographers from the OSTKREUZ agency have portrayed artists from the established cultural sector and the off-scene at locations far removed from their public: in their ateliers, rehearsal spaces, in the kitchen, or wherever.

The OSTKREUZ agency was formed collectively in 1990, modelled on the legendary photo agency Magnum. The initiators were seven East German photographers who took the name from a traffic hub in East Berlin. Their credo: instead of individualist rivalry, strength through mutual cooperation in uncertain times. Today OSTKREUZ is one of the most important photo agencies in Germany. Their members contribute to GEO, Der Spiegel, the New York Times or Newsweek and exhibit their work in Paris, Madrid and Berlin.

Produced specially for MISS YOU, these photos will be displayed for 14 days (2 – 16 March) in large, back-lit showcases in the midst of Berlin and at the same time in Hamburg and Baden-Baden, as well. In this way we are bringing ballet dancers and actors, puppeteers and concept artists, painters and sculptors, jazz players and classical musicians, and many others to the people.

MISS YOU sees itself as a sign of life from the artists and a call from the public to the artists, which in both cases means: We’re thinking of you and are hoping to see you soon, in other words: We miss you guys: MISS YOU, and we mean it.

This spring, the photographs are a positive statement, later a document of contemporary history.

MISS YOU is a symbol of the importance that art and culture have for us: as an economic and locational factor and as indispensable nourishment for the mind and soul.
Without the financial support of the commercial enterprises, MISS YOU would not have been possible. They deserve out heartfelt thanks, first and foremost Siemens AG / Siemens Art Program and WALL GmbH.

The Artists & Performing Artists

Tora Aghabayova, painter; Emanuele Crotti, concept artist; Oxana Chi, dancer; Laura Daede & Steffi Frech alias Children, musicians; Verena Roth & Florian Erlbeck alias Muckemacher, musicians; Lars Eidinger, actor & ensemble member of Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin; Ruth Rutkowski & Carsten Hentrich & Alexandra Faruga & Melanie Huke & Heino Sellhorn alias Fenster zur Stadt, theatre company, Hanover; Christian Lorenz alias Flake, keyboarder with Rammstein; Khan Of Finland, musician and producer; Thomas Friemel & Andreas Diefenbach, founders of Freitagsküche and artists, Frankfurt am Main; Cristina Gómez Godoy, solo oboist at Staatsoper Berlin; Lexia Hachtmann, painter; Anne Imhof, artist; Carolin Jüngst, choreographer and performer, Kampnagel Hamburg; Alexandra Kamp, actress; Johannes Kersthold, pianist; Klaus Killisch, artist; Paula Kober, actress and ensemble member of Volksbühne Berlin; Katharina Kohlmann alias Nichtseattle, musician; Toni Krahl, singer with Band City; Landerer & Company, dance ensemble Hanover; Johanna Lemke, dancer; Margarete Lindau, artist; Andrei Loginov, artist; Ata Macias, DJ and manager of the club Robert Johnson, Frankfurt am Main; Francisco & Javier Sanchez, choreographers and dancers; Volker März, sculptor; Philip Kojo Metz, concept artist; Natalie Mukherjee, actress; Carsten Nicolai, artist and musician; Aya Okumura, solo dancer at Staatsballett Berlin; Alexandra Polina, photographer; Max Raabe, singer and founder of the Palast Orchester Berlin; Elena Raquet, puppeteer; Erika Ratcliffe, stand-up comedian; Stefanie Reinsperger, actress & ensemble member of Berliner Ensemble; Hajo Schüler & Michael Vogel, actors alias theatre group Familie Flöz, Berlin; Tilman Strauss, actor & ensemble member of Schauspielhaus Hamburg; Thomas Struth, artist; Mila Teshaieva, photographer; Katharina Thalbach, actress; Andrej Ugoljew, Jazz-musician & composer; Be Van Vark, choreographer; Suse Wächter, puppeteer.

The Photographers

Jörg Brüggemann, Espen Eichhöfer, Sibylle Fendt, Johanna-Maria Fritz, Annette Hauschild, Harald Hauswald, Heinrich Holtgreve, Tobias Kruse, Thomas Meyer, Frank Schinski, Jordis Antonia Schlösser, Ina Schoenenburg, Anne Schönharting, Stephanie Steinkopf, Mila Teshaieva, Heinrich Völkel, Maurice Weiss, Sebastian Wells.

Organiser: up art e.V.

Concept and Realisation:
Susanne Rockweiler, Jürgen Reiche.

Made possible by:

With generous support from:
Berlin Senate Department for Culture and European Affairs, Klaus Groth Stiftung, visitBerlin, East Side Mall, WITTE Projektmanagement GmbH,
Bikini Berlin

Media partners:
radio eins (Berlin-Brandenburg Radio), Der Tagesspiegel

Public Relations:
ARTPRESS - Ute Weingarten Alexandra Saheb
Tel +49 30 484 963 50 Saheb.artpress@uteweingarten.de

Harald Hauswald · Retrospective at C/O Berlin

In addition to Harald Hauswald's classics, completely new insights into the everyday world of the GDR in the 1970s and 1980s are now being shown for the first time at C/O Berlin!
The book of the same name accompanying the exhibition will be published by Steidl Verlag.

„voll das Leben!” / “Full of Life!”
September 12, 2020 to January 23, 2021
C/O Berlin, Amerika Haus
Hardenbergstrasse 22-24
10623 Berlin

More information here.

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


Jörg Brüggemann · Solo exhibition at ZEPHYR

It is the first major museum presentation by Jörg Brüggemann and combines the three independent works AUTOBAHN, MI MADRE TIENE NOVIO and EL DERECHO DE VIVIR EN PAZ. The photo book AUTOBAHN will be published by Hartmann Books for the exhibition.

„wie lange noch” / “for how much longer”
September 05, 2020 to January 06, 2021
Reiss-Engelhorn Museen
Museum Weltkulturen D5
68159 Mannheim

More information here.

OSTKREUZ group exhibition “Together” in Pirmasens

„Gemeinsam” / “Together”
30 years of reunification - 30 years of OSTKREUZ - agency of photographers

The focus of the exhibition is on the people who are always involved in their environment: in society, the city in which they live, their neighborhood, family and friendships.

Participating photographers: Sibylle Fendt, Ute Mahler, Werner Mahler, Thomas Meyer, Ina Schoenenburg, Jordis Antonia Schlösser, Stephanie Steinkopf, Linn Schröder and Maurice Weiss

„Gemeinsam” / “Together”
September 9 to October 25, 2020
Forum Alte Post
Poststrasse 2
66954 Pirmasens

More information here.

OSTKREUZ at the EinheitsEXPO 2020 in Potsdam

OSTKREUZ was selected to display photo series in a pavilion for three days at the EinheitsEXPO in Potsdam. Each member shows a work on the topic of Germany.

The EinheitsEXPO can be visited between Freundschaftsinsel and Hegelallee, Luisenplatz and Lustgarten and will be on view for a total of 30 days.

September 26 to September 28, 2020 OSTKREUZ Pavilion

More information here.

Tobias Kruse · Group exhibition at Fotoforum Frankfurt

The Fotoforum Frankfurt is the second stop of the group exhibition “Recommended Olympus Fellowship”. Tobias Kruse shows his new work “DEPONIE” here. In addition, the photo series by Karla Hiraldo Voleau and Mika Sperling will be presented.

Opening September 18, 2020
September 9, 2020 to October 25, 2020
Photography Forum Frankfurt
Braubachstrasse 30-32
60311 Frankfurt am Main

More information here.

Ute Mahler · Group exhibition at Kunsthalle Darmstadt

The exhibition „Zusammenleben” brings together photographic positions by Joachim Brohm, Ute Mahler and John Myers from the 1970s and 1980s. The work by Ute Mahler gives the title and serves as a thematic bracket.

„Zusammenleben” / “Living together”
Joachim Brohm - Ute Mahler - John Myers
September 13, 2020 to January 3, 2021
art gallery Darmstadt
Steubenplatz 1
64293 Darmstadt

More information here.

Jörg Brüggemann · Group exhibition “Living the City”

This summer Jörg Brüggemann photographed city projects in Rotterdam, Brussels, Bordeaux and Barcelona. His pictures are part of the exhibition “Living the City”, which will take place from September 25 to December 20, 2020 at the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin.

More information here.

Annette Hauschild · Group exhibition in Berlin

Annette Hauschild shows photos from “Last Days of Disco” in the group exhibition „Ein Paradies von einer Stadt!”. A metropolitan installation as part of MODELL BERLIN.

„Ein Paradies von einer Stadt!” 
September 20, 2020 to October 2, 2020
St. Matthäus-Kirche 
10785 Berlin-Tiergarten

More information here

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

Further information here.

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

Further information here.

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

Further information here.

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

Further information here.

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

Further information here.

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

Further information here.

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.