Decades with art. Chroniclers of life. Ostkreuz and Magnum photo agencies

2022-02-28, 12:00 a.m.
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Ostkreuz is the name of the Berlin S-Bahn stop, one of the city's most important interchange junctions. However, Ostkreuz is also the name of a photo agency founded in Berlin in 1990, which became famous in the world thanks to its insightful reportages documenting the social, cultural and economic changes in Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Another legendary photo agency, Magnum Photos, became an example for Ostkreuz, and has been operating since 1947.

A lecture reminiscent of the exhibition “GDR. Stories from a vanished country” will be devoted to the activities of these two legends of reportage and documentary photography of the second half of the 20th century: the figures associated with these institutions, program assumptions, and the specific role of photography as a powerful tool for shaping public opinion.

We invite you to the on-line meeting (in polish) via the Zoom platform on February 28 at 12.00. Participation in the lecture is free of charge. To receive a link to participate, please send an application to the following e-mail address:

Małgorzata Jędrzejczyk - art historian, curator. She studied art history at the Jagiellonian University, Universität Wien and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. A graduate of the interdisciplinary study programme Environment-Technology-Society (Jagiellonian University). Author of academic papers on art and architecture of the 20th century, as well as essays in exhibition catalogues and magazines. Co-editor of the anthology of texts, obraz/ciało, and the publication „Komponowanie przestrzeni. Rzeźby awangardy”. Co-author and curator of the artistic and scientific programme Exercising Modernity (Pilecki-Institut Berlin). As part of her doctoral dissertation prepared at the Institute of Art History of the Jagiellonian University, she conducts research on the concept of space in the work of Katarzyna Kobro.
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