On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the city partnership between Paris and Berlin, the exhibition “OSTKREUZ: Un Visa pour Paris” focuses on the significance of the French capital Paris for the Berlin-based agency of photographers OSTKREUZ.
OSTKREUZ – Agency of Photographers was founded by seven photographers in East Berlin in 1990, one year after the fall of the Wall and before German reunification. The idea of founding the agency in the form of a collective run by the photographers themselves was born in Paris in 1990, where two months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the seven founding photographers, who were known to each other, showed their work alongside around 200 other East German artists at the invitation of the French state as part of the legendary exhibition “L’Autre Allemagne hors les murs”, which lasted only three days, in the Paris art centre “La Villette”. At that time, they all still had to enter France from the GDR on a visa – and only a few of them had worked in …
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Image above: Ute Mahler, Paris, 1981, © Ute Mahler/OSTKREUZ