CONTINENT –  In Search of Europe

CONTINENT – In Search of Europe
2 October 2020 until 18 April 2021
Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin

Over the agency’s 30-year history, the OSTKREUZ photographers have often taken a stand on contemporary social and political issues. In their current exhibition, which the 23 members of OSTKREUZ see as a declaration of love for Europe, the collective examines the continent’s present. Personal, social and political aspects of togetherness in Europe are taken into account from a perspective that is constantly critical while remaining empathetic. Questions of identity, security, migration and integration as well as humanism, democracy and freedom of opinion are examined. The focus of the artistic/photographic positions is mostly on images of people and their surroundings. As a contemporary statement at Akademie der Künste at Pariser Platz, the exhibition provides impetus for the current debate on the future of Europe and asks: "How will our continent and the way its people live together evolve?"

The OSTKREUZ agency of photographers was founded in East Berlin in 1990 and is now considered to be the most renowned collective of photographers in Germany. Its members have won numerous accolades as author photographers and were awarded the Konrad Wolf Prize by the Akademie der Künste in 2013.

Curator: Ingo Taubhorn
In cooperation with: OSTKREUZ — Agentur der Fotografen


24 October 2021 to 23 January 2022
Kunsthalle Erfurt
Fischmarkt 7
99084 Erfurt

10 February 2022 to 12 June 2022
Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation
The Cube
Mergenthalerallee 61
65760 Eschborn

Coordination: Kathrin Kohle, Laura Benz
Project assistants: Marit Lena Herrmann, Mayela Illi
Exhibition board: Sibylle Fendt, Tobias Kruse, Ute Mahler, Ina Schoenenburg, Linn Schröder
Exhibition texts: Ingo Taubhorn, Thomas Winkler and Anja Maier

Director of Programming: Johannes Odenthal
Project direction: Marie Altenhofen, Anja-Christin Remmert
Exhibition design and realization: Roswitha Kötz, Hanna Dettner, Juliane Keßler, Isabel Schlenther, Mount Berlin, Villa Schmück Dich
Media technology: Bert Günther, Reinhard Pusch
Copyediting: Nadine Brüggebors
Translations: Laura Noonan, Sprachwerkstatt Berlin
Registrars: Catherine Amé, Nadja Bender
Press and public relations: Sabine Kolb, Marianne König, Rosa Gosch
Cultural education program: Marion Neumann, Martina Krafczyk, Tuan Do Duc
Exhibition design: Neue Gestaltung, Berlin

Editing: Anja Maier and Thomas Winkler
Production and Music: Nicolai Kühling