Regular Meeting / Artist Talk

»FOTOTREFF Berlin #31«

You are warmly invited to the 31st Fototreff meeting on Saturday, 23rd of November 2019 at 6 pm (Please note the early beginning) at STUDIO JACOB & REISCHEL in Berlin-Kreuzberg.


We will start the evening with a screening of Tina Bara’s photo film ‚Lange Weile‘ (Boredom/A Long Time) (2016). The film is with German and English subtitles.

The photo book ‚Lange Weile‘ contains a selection of 400 black and white photographs taken by Tina Bara between 1983 and 1989 in East Berlin, the GDR, and while travelling. Combined with texts in the form of subtitles, this artist’s book was transformed into a photo film. From today’s perspective, the artist tells of the beginning of her artistic and photographic career combined with a female search for identity and a subversive, melancholic rebellion against the dictatorial system of the GDR. Together with the memories laid over it, the photographic material creates an intimate cosmos that, from a distance of about 30 years, creates the atmosphere and mood of a country and a society that no longer exists. The search between awakening, doubt and self-exploration, between political structures and personal will to live and to create art can, however, also be read on a general level, as can the reflections on the role of photography in this process.


The Archive of an ArtistSonia Voss, freelance curator, and artist Tina Bara will have a conversation about Bara’s work during the GDR period. How was the work created and what significance does it have in the present time? The film ‚Lange Weile‘ will be the starting point of the conversation between the artist and curator. The conversation will be held in German.

Tina Bara
Tina Bara (* 1962 in Kleinmachnow, former GDR) is a German photographer who began her career in the German Democratic Republic. Before reunification, she was in touch with the peace movement in the German Democratic Republic. In 1980 she moved to Berlin and from 1980 to 1986 attended the Humboldt University of Berlin, where she studied history and art history. As a student she was in touch with political opposition groups, including ‚Frauen für den Frieden‘ (Women for Peace). In 1986 she joined the East German League of Image Artists as a freelance photographer. In 1991 she received, belatedly, a diploma with fotograf Arno Fischer the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts where, since 1993 she has held a professorship in photography.

Sonia Voss
Sonia Voss (* 1978, Paris) is a curator living in Paris and Berlin. Her recent exhibitions include: ‘Restless Bodies. East German Photography 1980-89’ at the Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles (2019); ‘Alfred Ehrhardt. The Forms of Nature’ at Kyotographie Festival, Kyoto (2019); ‘Sophie Calle, Serena Carone. Beau Doublé, Monsieur le Marquis!’ at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris (2017–2018); ‘Anton Roland Laub. Mobile Churches’, Paris, Berlin, Arles, Bucharest (2017-2019); ‘George Shiras. L’Intérieur de la Nuit at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (2015–2016)’. She collaborated with Xavier Barral on the Josef Koudelka exhibition at C/O Berlin in 2017 and edited publications for Éditions Xavier Barral, Koenig Books, Filigranes, and Kehrer Verlag.


Furthermore, a new photobook will be presented during the last part of the evening. We are looking forward to the book ‚Subterranean River‘ of Łukazs Rusznica.
“On his Japanese journey, Łukasz Rusznica chose spirits and other supernatural creatures as his guides. He asked them for help in mapping a new territory, and appears to have received an additional gift: a discovery about oneself and one’s own background, which seems to be the actual journey here: a more significant one than conquering purely physical distance.” – Olga Drenda

Łukasz Rusznica
Łukasz Rusznica (* 1980) is a photographer, curator, and educator based in Wrocław, Poland. Since graduating in cultural studies from the University of Wrocław, he has exhibited his works in galleries and museums in Poland and abroad. Rusznica currently runs a photography gallery, Miejsce przy Miejscu, dedicated to promoting emerging photographers from Poland and abroad.

We already invite you to submit your own books and works for upcoming FOTOTREFF events now. We would like to put together an exciting program, like at the last photo meetings. As always, the same rule applies: unfinished work offers potential for discourse and so we prefer projects that are still in process. Please contact us at: ed.ni1665184150lreb-1665184150ffert1665184150otof@1665184150oilof1665184150trop1665184150.


FOTOTREFF Berlin is a photographers and editors meeting and open for everybody who is interested in contemporary photography. It provides a critical discourse and adresses topics such as authorship, editing and presentation from various artistic and documentary perspectives.

At the event we kindly ask you to support us with a donation of 7/5 Euros.
Unfortunately our studio capacities are limited. Please come early.

FOTOTREFF Berlin was initiated by photographer Charlotte Schmid and photo editor Tobias Laukemper in 2014.
In 2019 the team consists of Pauline Friesecke, Tobias Laukemper, Vanya Pieters, Charlotte Schmid, and Robert Rausch.

Supported by:
Recom Art
PicDrop – Bildübertragung für Profifotografen
RENT ONE – Fototechnikverleih
DRS Delight Rental Services
Buch- und Offsetdruckerei H.Heenemann GmbH & Co. KG
Media Partner:
PiB – Photography in Berlin

FOTOTREFF #31: Saturday, Nov 23, 2019, 6 pm
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Prinzessinnenstraße 16 (Backyard, left entrance, 1st floor), 10969 Berlin
[Kreuzberg | Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg]

Admission: please support us by a donation of 7/5 Euros.
Unfortunately our studio capacities are limited. Please come early.

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