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FOTOFABRIK BLN//BXL | Photography Projection


After their first projection in May 2014, the prelaunch phase of Fotofabrik Bln-Bxl goes further with a projection in Brussels (13.11 @ Recyclart Art Center) and in Berlin (14.11 @ Urban Spree Gallery) :

6 photographers based in Germany & Belgium:

Christophe Collas (http://www.christophecollas.be/)
Thomas Nolf (http://thomasnolf.be/)
Alisa Resnik (http://www.alisaresnik.com/)
Gilles Roudière (http://www.gillesroudiere.com/)
Wenke Seemann (http://seemannsbilder.de/)
Sébastien Van Malleghem (http://www.sebastienvanmalleghem.eu/)

Infos about the project FOTOFABRIK BLN//BXL:

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Urban Ornaments | Exhibition and Round Table Discussion

urban ornaments announcement« Urban Ornaments » at Urban Spree is a photographic group show with selected hungarian artists (Ruth Zuntz, Bence Bakai, Viktor Hodobay, Péter János Novák) who also have a regular practice in the urban arts as well as a roundtable discussion on public space and urban imaginaries organized by TACT (International Research on Art and the City) in co-operation with the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies of the Humboldt University of Berlin.

An ornament – originating from the Latin “ornare” – signifies a material element that is added to a structural form through the process of adornment or decoration.

In contrast to this minimalistic definition, however, the concept of ornaments also became to encompass a much broader understanding: social and political considerations are now essential parts of ornaments. Identifying itself with this latest turn of the interpretation of the ornament, the exhibition uses Adolf Loos’ provocative text “Ornament and crime” (1908) as a starting point. The photographic works displayed at the exhibition not only aim to reflect, thus, the Loosian argument from a contemporary perspective, but also try to shed light on the various types of logic behind the aestheticization of urban space.

Roundtable Discussion // 17:00:

– Ayse Nur Erek (Department of History, Yeditepe University, Istanbul)
– Nicole Huber (University of Washington)
– Oleg Pachenkov (European University, Sankt Petersburg)
– Dr. Heike Oevermann (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Georg-Simmel-Zentrum für Metropolenforschung)
– Júlia Székely (CEU Budapest)
– Lilija Voronkova (CISR, Sankt Petersburg) 


Bence Bakai : “Since 2000 I am a street art enthusiast. Taking photos since I know myself. From 2008 on, I live in Berlin ».

Viktor Hodobay : “Basically what I do is street photography. Most of my work is focusing on people and their relations to their artificial habitat, the way they use public space and how their appearance merges into and forms our urban environment.”

Péter János Novák: The hungarian photographer-illustrator Péter János Novák is taking photos about urban landscapes since more than two decades. The presented black and white photos are shots from various european countries, taken with his pocket digital camera short barrelled, pancake lens.

Ruth Zuntz: With her artistic work, Ruth aims to overcome boundaries and forge links between people and communities. Her photographs show the familiar features in strangers as well as the unknown in neighbors. In 1998, she co-founded Walkscreen and continues to work on international artistic collaborations. She has exhibited in China, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan and Finland.

TACT / International Research on Art and the City is an international network that brings together research on art, artists and the city. Involving academics, artists, activists and students, it creates a platform for investigating urban imaginaries from the perspective of art and the city, artists and public space, and the urban interventionism of street art and grassroots activism.

Within TACT, the event is organized by:

Ayse Erek: Assistant Professor of Art History at Yeditepe University, Department of History in Istanbul. Post-doctoral research fellow at Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies of Humboldt University in Berlin (Oct 2012 – Jan. 2014). Her research focus is on the notion of urban imaginary of metropolitan cities in the context of political and cultural discourse, contemporary art and urban visual culture.

Eszter Gantner: PhD in History, currently Post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt University of Berlin and post-doc fellow at the Herder-Institute (Marburg). She is member of the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Research, Humboldt University of Berlin. Her research deals with urban history of Central and Eastern Europe, but also includes the issue of urban interventions and the transformation of urban public space, with a special focus on post-socialist cities.

Juli Székely: PhD student at the Central European University in Budapest at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology. Her research focus is on the intersection of art and city, with a special interest in public art and memory in urban spaces. Right now she is working on her dissertation elaborating the memorial culture of Berlin and Budapest.



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Everybody Street | Open Air Screening with Q&A and exclusive photography installation by Martha Cooper

Urban Nation, Mobile Kino and Urban Spree are teaming up to present an open air screening of ‘Everybody Street’ with special Q&A with director Cheryl Dunn and also including an exclusive photography installation from Martha Cooper.

Urban Nation have collaborated with special guest Martha Cooper and selected over 1300 images that will be presented in the Urban Spree gallery. Mobile Kino will present an open air screening of ‘Everybody Street’ followed by a Q&A with director Cheryl Dunn.

« Everybody Street » illuminates the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades. The documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the visceral rush, singular perseverance and at times immediate danger customary to these artists.

Featuring: Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Joel Meyerowitz, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeff Mermelstein, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, Boogie, Max Kozloff and Luc Sante.

Language: English

Entry From: 20:00

Film Starts: 21:30

Afterparty: 23:00 – End


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Berlin Wonderland: Photography Exhibition

Urban Spree Galerie will be looking back at the golden years of Berlin after the fall of the Wall, with an exhibition of 50+ black and white photographs linked to the release of the self-published book “Berlin Wonderland” (bobs airport/Gestalten).


Berlin Wonderland is a grassroots testimony on the post-Cold War Berlin from artists and activists that were living the rebirth of Berlin in those years of re-enchantment. The exhibition displays a selection of 50 iconic photographs -out of the 200 pictures that make the book- from 7 photographers who were part of this period, living an era of freedom in the Haupstadt.

The exhibition is mainly focused around the central figure of Ben de Biel.

Ben de Biel is at the crossroads of documentary photography (in the same vein as Atget), vernacular photography & memorial work. It is also a prime testimony about the vitality of the Berlin bohême in the 90′s, the squat movement, a counter-culture that largely structured what represents Berlin today, a state-of-mind between club culture and libertarianism.

The photographic exhibition, “Berlin Wonderland”, will be held at Urban Spree Galerie Berlin on 05-08 June 2014. On this occasion, the book will also be signed by the photographers and be available for sale.

In addition, Ben de Biel’s original photographs are available for sale at Urban Spree Galerie and online here

The monograph « Berlin Wonderland » is published and edited by the new Berliner imprint bobsairport, founded by Anke Fesel and Chris Keller.

« Berlin Wonderland »: Photographs by Ben de Biel, Hendrik Rauch, Philipp von Recklinghausen, Stefan Schilling, Hilmar Schmundt, Andreas Trogisch, and Rolf Zöllner.



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Spaces: Photography Group Show




Photo Group Show Exhibition


Urban Spree presents: A photo exhibition of the collective, Berlin Fotografen.

The group exhibition, Spaces, will gather a group of 14 photographers from the Berlin Fotografen collective in attempt to explore the photographic medium in all possible dimensions.

Founded in Berlin in November 2012, Berlin Fotografen is an online platform that gives space to emerging local talents who have a special eye in perceiving photography and the world around us.

Spaces  is not only dedicated to the various ways of photographic depiction, but also investigates the medium’s potential as an art form, expanding its limits of representation. Through the dynamic ways of presentation –  consisting works that are traditionally-hung, in book format or as  installations, Spaces raise the awareness of how the different formats and presentations can changes the way the viewers perceive and interact with the photographic medium.





Photography group show with:

Chiara Dazi / Tobias Faisst / Elena Karakitsou / Sarah Kindermann / Boris Kramaric /  Birgit Krause / Marius Land / Li-Han Lin / Mara Ploscaru / Antonio Rodríguez / Renato Silva / Sylvie Weiss / Jessica Wolfelsperger / Camille Yvert


Opening | 13. June 2014 | 19:00 | Free Entrance

Exhibition | 13. – 29. June 2014 | Tuesday – Sunday | 12:00 – 19:00 | Free Entrance


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Publik-Privat at Urban Spree Gallery

Urban Spree Gallery is proud to start its 2013 artistic season with a photographic exhibition titled Publik-Privat (from 14.03 to 13.04 2013). 

The exhibition features 31 portraits composed by Berlin-based French photographer Bilbo Calvez of personalities that are part of the Berlin cultural and artistic milieu and include well known musicians/DJs, filmmakers/actors, kabaretists or visual artists.

All the persons photographed have come to Bilbo’s studio in Kreuzberg to pose in front of her camera and submit themselves to an intriguing protocol: Bilbo would edit one portrait reflective of their public side (the appearance under which those persons are known to their public through TV or press photos) and one portrait that takes on the private side, as their friends and family usually know them. But how can you force a person to try to simulate an official face or fake friendship when they hardly know the photographer?

Soon enough, both series of portraits started to produce striking impressions, creating larger-than-life effects. Patterns were soon to emerge. And left-handed persons had different features in their portrait than right-handed persons. Why would it be so? What could explain those similarities and discrepancies?

Because Bilbo’s portraits are actually portraits of brains. They are a composition based on the right and left sides of the face, and digitally reconstructed to create symetric portraits, the public side being about power, ego, logical thinking (left hemisphere of the brain), and the private side being about emotions and intuitions (right hemisphere of the brain). Based on Bilbo’s background in genetics and her intensive research on the topic, those doppelgänger portraits offer a stunning reading grid into the persona of the artists whose portrait was probably never seen before with such an acute precision.

Bilbo Calvez major exhibition at Urban Spree, subtitled ‘Asymmetrophobie 2’ explores the crossroads of genetics and scientific photography, the history of portraits in photography and questions photographic manipulations in our digital age.

Vernissage on March 14th, 2013, starting at 19:00 in the presence of the artist.

FB event here