New exhibition space for photography in Berlin

It's official now! We are opening an exhibition space for international author photography. On 200 square meters close to Oranienplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg we will present 5-6 exhibitions per year, artists talks and round tables on photography.

Opening: 5th April 2017, 7:00 pm

Thanks to oks-lab for a first interview about our plans. Further information can soon be found here and on our Facebook-Page.


Picturing NeighbourHOOD – A photo project with teenagers

In the framework of the photo project Picturing NeighbourHOOD young people (age 13 to 18), coming from Aleppo, Berlin, Damaskus and Hasaka explored their district Kreuzberg with the camera. Now they present us their experiences and discoveries in form of a photo exhibition.

Opening: 14. December 2016, 6 p. m.
Museum Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (FHXB Museum)
Adalbertstr. 95a
10999 Berlin

Speakers:
Martin Düspohl (Director Museum FHXB) and
Katharina Mouratidi (Artistic Director GfHF)

In cooperation with Carl-von-Ossietzky-Oberschule and the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum and Drei Wünsche frei – supported by Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung

Opening: Picturing NeighbourHOOD, 14. December 2016, 6 p. m.

GfHF in Istanbul

FOTOISTANBUL – the largest Fotofestival in Turkey
1. - 30. October 2016
Besiktas, Istanbul

Exhibitions curated by Katharina Mouratidi,
artistic director GfHF:

Laia Abril
A HISTORY OF MISOGYNY: ON ABORTION

Mathias Braschler / Monika Fischer
THE HUMAN FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Henrik Spohler
IN BETWEEN + THE THIRD DAY

FotoIstanbul 2016: Laia Abril's exhibition "A History of Misogyny – On Abortion", curated by Katharina Mouratidi (GfHF).

Photography & Conflict – Panel Discussion

CLOSING EVENT WARonWALL – An exhibition about the war in Syria on the Berlin Wall

Tuesday, 13. September, 19:00
Photography & Conflict – Panel Discussion (English & German)

Images of war and crises: What is the impact of contemporary documentary photography on our perception of conflicts?
A discussion with: Christoph Bangert (photographer, Cologne), Kai Wiedenhöfer (photographer, Berlin), Paolo Pellegrin (photographer, requested), Bas Vroege (director Paradox, Amsterdam). Presentation: Gisela Kayser (Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus) and Katharina Mouratidi (Gesellschaft für Humanistische Fotografie, GfHF).

VENUE: Circus Schatzinsel
May-Ayim-Ufer 4
10997 Berlin
(Shore of River Spree, opposite side of the exhibition)


POPPY – Trails of Afghan Heroin

A project by Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong

C|O Berlin
Hardenbergstraße 22-24
10623 Berlin

16. July – 25. September 2016
OPENING: Friday, 15. September, 7 pm
ARTIST TALK: Saturday, 16. September, 12 am

Presented by: CO|Berlin in cooperation with Gesellschaft für Humanistische Fotografie (GfHF)

Produced by: Paradox
Supported by: Mondriaan Fund and Kingdom of the Netherlands


Tuesdays at the Berlin Wall – SYRIA FROM INSIGHT

Series of evening events accompanying the exhibition WARonWALL. West Side Gallery (opposite Mercedes-Benz Arena), Mühlenstraße, Berlin-Friedrichshain

30 August, 9 pm
Syria from Inside – Live circuit to Syria
Talk with guests from the initiative Adopt a Revolution about the Syrian civil society with a live circuit to Aleppo. Presented by Margit Miosga, Journalist. Arabic & German.

12 July, 9 pm
If the dead could speak – investigative report and talk
If the dead could speak reveals some of the human stories behind the more than 28,000 photos of deaths in government custody that were smuggled out of Syria by former Syrian military police photographer code named 'Cesar'. It brings to public attention crimes against humanity. Followed by a discussion with Mazen Darwish, President of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression. Presented by Margit Miosga, Journalist. Arabic, English & German.

5 July, 7 pm
The ones touched by magic – bilingual reading
The Syrian author and human rights activist Rosa Yassin Hassan reads from her latest novel, followed by a talk with the author. Presented and translated by Larissa Bender, specialist for Arabic literature. Arabic & German.

28 June, 9 pm
Return to Homs – a documentary by Talal Derki
The film depicts the Syrian civil war from the perspective of the teenage fighter Basset, goalkeeper of the Syrian junior national team in football. It draws an impressive image of the situation in Homs. The Screening is followed by a talk with the director. Presented by Margit Miosga, Journalist. English & German

WARonWALL, An exhibition about the war in Syria on the Berlin Wall

WARonWALL - Photographs about the war in Syria on the Berlin Wall.

WARONWALL depicts the damage done to Syria and its people on 360 meters of the Berlin Wall. Kai Wiedenhöfer photo- graphed the war-torn country and its inhabitants since 2012.

24. June – 25. September 2016
West Side Gallery (opposite Mercedes-Benz Arena), Mühlenstraße, Berlin-Friedrichshain

OPENING: 23. June 2016, 19:00 p.m.
SPEAKERS: Claudia Roth, Vice President of the German Parliament, Jana Borkamp, Cultural District Councillor of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Katharina Mouratidi (GfHF) and Syrian guests.

© Kai Wiedenhöfer, from the series SYRIA COLLATERAL

UNDAUNED – Four Women in Kabul. A multimedia exhibition by Lela Ahmadzai

11. April 2016 – 25. May 2016
Kunsträume der Michael Horbach Stiftung
Wormserstr. 23
50677 Köln

Opening: 10. April 2016, 11:00 a.m.

Curated by Gisela Kayser, Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus and Katharina Mouratidi, Society for Humanistic Photography (GfHF).

© Lela Ahmadzai from the series "Undaunted".

Artist talk with Lela Ahmadzai, 21. January, 5:00 pm

Until 24. January 2016! Our two exhibitions on Afghanistan:

Beloved Afghanistan – Photographs by Anja Niedringhaus and Undaunted: Four women in Kabul.
A multimedia exhibition by Lela Ahmadzai.

Curated by Gisela Kayser (Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus) and Katharina Mouratidi (GfHF).

Willy-Brandt-Haus | Stresemannstr. 28 | 10963 Berlin
Tue-Sun 12:00-18:00 | Free Admission| ID required

You are warmly invited to the artist talk with Lela Ahmadzai, Gisela Kayser and Katharina Mouratidi on Thursday, 21. January, 5:00 p.m.!

"Beloved Afghanistan - Photographs by Anja Niedringhaus" and "Undaunted: four women in Kabul" by Lela Ahmadzai, 25. Nov. 2015 - 24. Jan. 2016, Willy-Brandt-Haus.

BELOVED AFGHANISTAN – Photographs by Anja Niedringhaus

25. November 2015 – 24. January 2016
Willy-Brandt-Haus Berlin
Stresemannstraße 28
10963 Berlin

Opening: 24. November 2015, 7:30 pm

In memory of the courage and the dedication of AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus and Gesellschaft für Humanistische Fotografie present the exhibition Beloved Afghanistan – Photographs by Anja Niedringhaus.

Anja Niedringhaus has worked in numerous war and crisis regions worldwide. She was one of the few international photojournalists, who repeatedly traveled through Afghanistan. With enormous empathy and artistic sensitivity she portrayed the people there in all different life situations. Beloved Afghanistan shows for the very first time her series about female members of parliament in Afghanistan as well as portraits of Afghan voters. A whole chapter of the exhibition is dedicated to her last photographs of the presidential elections in 2014.

Curated by Gisela Kayser, Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus and Katharina Mouratidi, Society for Humanistic Photography (GfHF).

An Afghan girl reads in front her class at the girls high school Ayeshe Sedeqa in the center of Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. © Anja Niedringhaus/ AP/picture alliance

UNDAUNED – Four Women in Kabul. A multimedia exhibition by Lela Ahmadzai

25. November 2015 – 24. January 2016
Willy-Brandt-Haus Berlin
Stresemannstraße 28
10963 Berlin

Opening: 24. November 2015, 7:30 pm

In her photographs and short films, the photographer and multimedia journalist Lela Ahmadzai shows the lives of four women in Kabul: the baker Reza Guel, the politician Shinkai Karokhail, the policewoman Saba Sahar and the singer Pary Ghulami. Both the images and the words of the women themselves reveal the balancing act that women in Afghanistan perform between self-determination and their traditional roles, and convey a feeling for how fragile any bit of autonomy is and how very tenuous women's rights are in Afghanistan still today, after 10 years of presence of the NATO troops in the country.

The exhibition has been curated by Gisela Kayser, Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus and Katharina Mouratidi, Society for Humanistic Photography (GfHF).

© Lela Ahmadzai from the series "Undaunted".

Undaunted – Four Women in Kabul will be shown at FotoIstanbul

Our new exhibition is traveling to Turkey!

Undaunted: Four Women in Kabul
A multimedia-exhibition by Lela Ahmadzai
Curated by Gisela Kayser, Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus and Katharina Mouratidi, GfHF

FotoIstanbul
9. October – 8. November 2015
Opening: 9. October, 7.30 pm
www.fotoistanbul.org


Exhibition Opening Bridge the Gap: 26th of June 2015, 4 p.m., Passage Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin

In the framework of the project Bridge the Gap, young refugees and teenagers from Berlin explored their identity, their origin and their daily reality using photography. In walks through their neighborhood, excursions through Berlin and exhibition-visits, the teenagers discovered from January – June 2015 their surroundings together and captured their impressions photographically.

The result of Bridge the Gap is a photography-art exhibition in which the participants light up their lives from their own perspectives and present snap-shots from their own, personal world.

Realization: Lela Ahmadzai (Multimedia Journalist), Murwarid Basir (Social Worker) und Anke Göhring (Artist)

In cooperation with Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus and Internationaler Bund – sponsored by "Jugend ins Zentrum!" of the Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren e.V. in the framework of the program "Kultur macht stark. Bündnisse für Bildung".


CHANGING REALITIES goes Hamburg!

CHANGING REALITIES – Images of a World in Transition
Triennal of Photography Hamburg, Satellite Show

June 19 – July 2, 2015, subway station Steinstraße
Opening: June 20, 2015, 6 p.m.

www.changingrealities.de
www.facebook.com/GfHF.eu

14 photographic positions on the societal change in Europe with works by: Lela Ahmadzai, Toby Binder, Laura Böök, Marc Brinkmeier, Linda Dreisen, Maria Feck, Michael Heck, Hannes Jung, Michael Löwa, Daniel Rihs, Gordon Welters, Gerhard Westrich.


Bridge the Gap – a photography project with young refugees in Berlin

Exhibition visits +++ artistic/documentary self-portraits +++ neighbourhood walks/street-photography +++ exhibition project & photobook

Duration: January – October 2015

In cooperation with Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus and Internationaler Bund – sponsored by "Jugend ins Zentrum!" of the Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren e.V. in the framework of the program "Kultur macht stark. Bündnisse für Bildung".

Project Management: Katharina Mouratidi, GfHF (Administration) and Dr. Maren Ziese, WBH (Content/Pedagogy)

Project Realization: Lela Ahmadzai, Murwarid Basri, Anke Göhring

isit of the exhibition "Vivian Maier Street Photographer" at Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin. © Katharina Mouratidi, 2015.

RICH AND FAMOUS SPEZIAL Workshops for photographers from Berlin

Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Federal Government of Berlin, we are able to offer a series of workshops for photographers from Berlin at favorable conditions. The costs per workshop are 50 Euro only!


DATES AUTUMN 2016
WS 01: Portfolio and presentation, 04./05. Nov. 2016
WS 02: Funding of freelance projects, 23./24. Sept. 2016
WS 03: Social media and digital platforms, 07./08. Oct. 2016
WS 04: Art Market: Chances and perspectives for photographers, 21./22. Oct. 2016
WS 05: Project and self-management, 25./26. Nov. 2016
WS 06: Photojournalism, 11./12. Nov. 2016

The workshops will take place Fr. + Sat.: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Detailed information can be found here.
Application: http://apply.gfhf.eu

Workshop "Fundraising for Photographers" with Katharina Mouratidi, 2015

CHANGING REALITIES – watch the film!

Our exhibition project CHANGING REALITIES shown at Alexanderplatz subway station in the course of the 6th European Month of Photography was a great success.

On large billboards, we presented 18 international photographic positions on social and societal change in Europe. We are pleased to share with you here the five-minute film about the exhibition project.

A big thank you to 2470media.com for the great work. Have fun watching!

We are particularly pleased to announce that 2015 CHANGING REALITIES is shown as part of the Triennial of Photography in Hamburg at Steinstraße subway station.

The photo galleries are still to be seen here.

CHANGING REALITIES - the film

Interview with Katharina Mouratidi

Three questions for Katharina Mouratidi on Ruhrspeak.de.

Why is it important to strengthen the public interest in dedicated photojournalism and long-term photographic projects? How does photography work as a medium with which you can effectively and strongly point to current social and societal conditions? What is GfHF's aim in offening workshops on fundraising for photographers?

Enjoy reading Ruhrspeak's interview with the executive manager of GfHF.

Interview with Katharina Mouratidi on Ruhrspeak.de, © Holger Biermann
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