F/STOP Photography Festival - UTE MAHLER - Leipzig - 2018

Ute Mahler
F/STOP
8. Festival für Fotografie Leipzig
Galerie Dukan, Leipzig, Germany
June 23 – July 1, 2018
Opening: June 22, 2018 / 7 pm

 

Ute Mahler: Ibrahim Böhme, 1990. In the framework of the 8. Festival of Photography f/stop Leipzig

In 1990, UTE MAHLER accompanied Ibrahim Böhme for several weeks in the GDR election campaign for the magazine Stern, in which he was the top candidate for the SPD. As a politician he had had an aura of power, but coupled with the modesty of a man who after his granny's day in the neighborhood selflessly drags the coals into the apartment, Ute Mahler remembered in an interview. After Boehme's unofficial Stasi involvement became known, he resigned.

Ute Mahler, Ibrahim Boehme, one of the founders of the East-German Social Democratic Party, employee of the GDR State Security Service, Berlin, April 1990, GDR. Courtesy and Copyright: the artist and Ostkreuz. // Ute Mahler, Ibrahim Böhme, Mitbegründer der SPD in Ostdeutschland/DDR, Kandidat für die Volkskammer, Mitarbeiter des MfS, beim Verlassen seines SPD-Büros nach Rückgabe aller Ämter und Funktionen, Berlin, April 1990, DDR. Courtesy und Copyright: die Künstlerin und Ostkreuz.

Ute Mahler, Ibrahim Böhme (right), co-founder of the SPD in East Germany / GDR, candidate for the People's Chamber, employees of the Stasi, the SPD election campaign (left: Willy Brandt), Dresden, Saxony, February 1990 DDR. Courtesy and Copyright: the artist and Ostkreuz. // Ute Mahler, Ibrahim Böhme (rechts), Mitbegründer der SPD in Ostdeutschland/DDR, Kandidat für die Volkskammer, Mitarbeiter des MfS, SPD-Wahlkampf (links: Willy Brandt), Dresden, Sachsen, Februar 1990, DDR. Courtesy und Copyright: die Künstlerin und Ostkreuz.

Ute Mahler, Ibrahim Böhme, one of the founders of the East-German Social Democratic Party, employee of the GDR State Security Service, Moscow, February 1990, Russia. Courtesy and Copyright: the artist and Ostkreuz. // Ute Mahler, Ibrahim Böhme, Mitbegründer der SPD in Ostdeutschland/DDR, Kandidat für die Volkskammer, Mitarbeiter des MfS/Stasi, Moskau, Februar 1990, Russland. Courtesy und Copyright: die Künstlerin und Ostkreuz.

Ute Mahler, Ibrahim Böhme in his flat in Prenzlauer Berg, co-founder of the SPD in East Germany / GDR, candidate for the People's Chamber, employees of the Stasi, Berlin, June 1996, Germany. Courtesy and Copyright: the artist and Ostkreuz. // Ute Mahler, Ibrahim Böhme in seiner Wohnung im Prenzlauer Berg, Mitbegründer der SPD in Ostdeutschland/DDR, Kandidat für die Volkskammer, Mitarbeiter des MfS/Stasi, Berlin, Juni 1996, Deutschland. Courtesy und Copyright: die Künstlerin und Ostkreuz.

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f/stop is one of the most important photography festivals in Germany. It was organized for the first time in 2007 by the Centre for Contemporary Photography Leipzig and was held annually until 2010. Since 2012 f/stop has taken place biannually. Exhibitions and symposia conceived by guest curators offer a platform for artistic, curatorial and academic work that explores social issues utilizing the resources and potential of photography. f/stop Solo presents the work of a single artist. f/stop Print places emphasis on the presentation of books. f/stop Film complements the exhibitions with a film series screened at Luru Kino. Various Leipzig-based organizations, project spaces and galleries enhance the festival with their own events: f/stop Komplizen at the Baumwollspinnerei and f/stop Satelliten in various locations within the city.

The 7th f/stop Festival for Photography was held from 25 June to 3 July 2016 in Leipzig under the curatorial direction of Spector Books publishers Anne König and Jan Wenzel. Under the title “the end of the world as we know it, ist der Beginn einer Welt, die wir nicht kennen”, the festival explored the history of the genre of the reportage and examined the question which media representations are best suited to depict an increasingly complex world. With f/stop In Situ works were shown for the first time in public locations: Historical reportages about the city of Leipzig by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, Lee Miller and Margarte Bourke-White once featured in international publications were placed on display at their points of origin.

In 2018 the 8th version of the festival will once again be curated by Anne König and Jan Wenzel. In various exhibitions at the Baumwollspinnerei in Leipzig and with an additional In Situ project in the city, the festival will examine how photography can be utilized to shed light on societal issues and the social fabric as a whole. In what ways can photography be used as a medium of democracy and societal communication? How can mediation and communication processes be documented by means of photography?