Ute Mahler & Werner MahlerOn the Rivers

Ute Mahler & Werner Mahler

On the Rivers

2019 – 2020

Every river flows into the sea. It is this characteristic that defines the various types of streams, some of them thousands of kilometers long, along which Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler traveled. Rivers are natural experiences, places of longing, arteries of life. Rivers connect and divide; they are transportation routes and boundaries. And every river in Europe carries memories of wars and crises within it.

Nevertheless, wherever you go — on the Rhine or the Danube, the Elbe, the Volga, or the Po — people travel along rivers. Life takes place on their banks: repose or distraction, defense and exchange, between cultures, religions, families, systems. And even though people have always tried to subject the rivers to their wills, they never lose their power and fascination.

Ute Mahler & Werner Mahler

Ute Mahler

Born in Berka an der Wipper, Germany, in 1949.
1969–74: Studied photography at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig.
1990: Founding member of OSTKREUZ.
2000–15: Professor of photography at the Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, Hamburg.
From 2005 on: Lecturer at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin.
From 2009 on: Projects with Werner Mahler.
2012: Lotto Brandenburg Kunstpreis Fotografie (award).
2014: Werkschau (exhibition), Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; Zusammenleben (publication), Hatje Cantz, Berlin.
2019: Beyond the Borders of the GDR (exhibition), Fotomuseum The Hague; Recipient of the David Octavius Hill Medal.
2020: Werkschau (exhibition), Kunsthalle Rostock.
Ute Mahler lives in Lehnitz near Berlin.

Werner Mahler

Born in Bossdorf, Germany, in 1950.
1971–73: Photography assistant for Ludwig Schirmer, Berlin.
1973–78: Studied photography at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig.
1990: Founding member of OSTKREUZ.
1990–2019: Executive director of OSTKREUZ.
2002–04: Lecturer at the Fotoschule am Schiffbauerdamm.
2005: Founder of the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin.
From 2009 on: Projects with Ute Mahler.
2012: Lotto Brandenburg Kunstpreis Fotografie (award).
2014: Werkschau (exhibition), Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.
2019: recipient of the David Octavius Hill Medal.
2020: Werkschau (exhibition), Kunsthalle Rostock; Die Eiche (publication), Hartmann Books, Stuttgart.
Werner Mahler lives in Lehnitz near Berlin.