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Picturing Berlin – Reporting my City: A project for young adults on Reportage Photography

In the project Picturing Berlin – Reporting my City young adults (age 16-27) who all grew up in or migrated to Berlin, explored their city with the camera, and created individual photo reports. In their exhibition they present us their photographic project to themes such as parties and events in Berlin, weekly markets, street musicians or the diverse people that make Berlin the city it is.

Opening: Friday, 20 October 2017, 6 pm
Exhibition: 21 October – 27 October, every day 2 – 7 pm
Location: Kühlhaus Berlin, Luckenwalder Straße 3, 10963 Berlin.

They were accompanied by the photojournalists Katja Heinemann and Kaveh Rostamkhani as well as the pedagogue Luzia Schminke.

The project goes on until 2019. People who are interested in participating, send an e-mail to

The project is sponsored by Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

Foto aus dem Projekt "Picturing Berlin" von S. Schneider
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Bridge the Gap III

In the photography project Bridge the Gap III, teenagers (12-18 years old) from Marienfelde and surrounding, that grew up in Berlin or came there as refugees, explored their world together. Between April and July 2017 they were photographing their surrounding, their every-day life and their own view on the world. By visiting photography exhibitions, they sharpened their skills. In Workshops with the digital camera, they got to know different photographic genres and a variety of photographic techniques. In a final presentation they showed their photographic experiences to an audience.

Duration: April until July 2017

??In cooperation with Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus and Internationalen Bund sponsored by "Jugend ins Zentrum!" der Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren e.V. in the framework of the program "Kultur macht stark. Bündnisse für Bildung".

Bridge the Gap III
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Picturing NeighbourHOOD

In the framework of the photo project Picturing NeighbourHOOD young people (age 13 to 18), coming from Aleppo, Berlin, Damaskus and Hasaka explored their district Kreuzberg with the camera. Using techniques of street photography and portrait photography, they discovered familiar as well as unknown places, get to know their neighbours and exchange information about their well-known and newly acquired paths through their neighborhood.

They presented us their experiences and discoveries, their very personal perspective on their favorite places and their neighbors in an photographic exhibition.

Exhibition Picturing NeighborHOOD
Opening: 14. December 2016, 18:00
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum (FHXB Museum)
Adalbertstr. 95a
10999 Berlin

Duration of the Project: August to December 2016

In cooperation with Carl-von-Ossietzky-Oberschule and in collaboration with the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum and Drei Wünsche frei – sponsored by Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung

Picturing NeighbourHOOD
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Bridge the Gap II

In the project Bridge the Gap II, teenagers from Afghanistan, Germany, Sudan, Syria and Chechenia explore their world together. Between March and May 2016 they will be photographing their environment as well as historic Berlin: By visiting photography exhibitions, they will learn about different photographic genres and get to know a variety of photographic techniques. They will sharpen their own personal views on themselves and their surrounding in workshops with the digital camera and will produce portraits and individual photo reportages.

In a final exhibition in the galleries of Willy-Brandt-Haus they will have the chance to present their photographic experiences.

Duration: February until August 2016

In cooperation with Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus and Internationaler Bund – sponsored by "Jugend ins Zentrum!" of the Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren e.V. in the framework of the program "Kultur macht stark. Bündnisse für Bildung".

Bridge the Gap II
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Bilder-Botschaften 2015-2016: Lernen und Agieren mit dem Medium Fotografie im globalen Kontext

In welchen Zusammenhängen sehen und benutzen wir Fotografien? Welche Botschaften im Nord-Süd-Kontext vermitteln sie, wie können wir sie entschlüsseln und wie selbst Bilder-Botschaften auf Augenhöhe erzeugen?

Die Gesellschaft für Humanistische Fotografie (GfHF) bot 2015 und 2016 eine Reihe von Workshops an, die Wege aufzeigen, mit dem Medium der Fotografie in Bildungszusammenhängen des Globalen Lernens sowie in Kampagnen zu arbeiten. Diese Bildungsangebote richteten sich an DozentInnen des Globalen Lernens, Fotografinnen und Fotografen sowie an Medienschaffende, AktivistInnen und KapaignerInnen. In den Workshops konnten sie sich praktisches Knowhow aneignen, das Medium Fotografie in seinem Einfluss auf gesellschaftliche Prozesse zu durchdringen, und ihre Medienkompetenz als KonsumentInnen wie ProduzentInnen von Bildmaterial erweitern.

Projektleitung: Frau Barbara Bichler

Gefördert von ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung sowie vom Berliner Senat, Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit.

Informationen zur UN Agenda 2030 finden Sie hier.

Die Ergebnisse der durchgeführten Workshops haben wir in einer Handreichung zusammengefasst, die Sie hier einsehen und herunterladen können:

Handreichung Bilder-Botschaften
BilderBotschaften: Fortbildung für ReferentInnen der Erwachsenenbildung, Juni 2015.
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Bridge the Gap – a photography project with young refugees in Berlin

Exhibition visits +++ artistic/documentary self-portraits +++ neighbourhood walks/street-photography +++ exhibition project & photobook

Duration: January – October 2015

In cooperation with Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus and Internationaler Bund – sponsored by "Jugend ins Zentrum!" of the Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren e.V. in the framework of the program "Kultur macht stark. Bündnisse für Bildung".

Project Management: Katharina Mouratidi, GfHF (Administration) and Dr. Maren Ziese, WBH (Content/Pedagogy)

Project Realization: Lela Ahmadzai, Murwarid Basri, Anke Göhring

Visit of the exhibition "Vivian Maier Street Photographer" at Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin. © Katharina Mouratidi, 2015.
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My World - A Photography Project for the Empowerment of Young People

My World is a highly successful educational project on our initiative, in cooperation with the Berlin DRK Westend Hospital, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Center for Vocational and Psychosocial Rehabilitation (ZSPR).

Using individually handmade pinhole cameras, the young people go exploring and visualizing their environment or creating portraits of themselves in self-selected poses in a professional photo studio built fort his purpose.

In this way, the young people get familiar with basics of photography such as the choice of an interesting image section and the use of shutter speeds and aperture. In addition they learn how to develop their images in a labatory für black and white photography.

The project serves for the empowerment of young people with considerable constraints in the school participation and community capacity. The creative use of photography helps them to form important personal and social skills, to strengthen their self-confidence and to give them a positive experience of their own performance. Particularly disadvantaged groups of "young people with mental-health problems" are better prepared for the demands in school and in working life and thereby sustainably integrated into society.

The project runs from 2013 to 2018 and will culminate in an exhibition and a book project.

Fotoshooting in the course of the project "My World" at DRK Klinikum Westend. © Katharina Mouratidi, 2013.
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Sarayaku – A Village in Resistance Against Oil Drilling

In her photographic project Sarayaku – A Village in Resistance Against Oil Drilling Katharina Mouratidi portrays the village Sarayuka which is situated at the river Bobonaza in the rainforest of Ecuador, one of the few pristine areas of the Amazon basin. The Kichwa indigenous people have been inhabiting this region for centuries, they still maintain their traditional lifestyle and feed almost exclusively by fishing, hunting and sustainable agriculture.

The community refuses the exploration of the large oil reserves on their land and developed the Plan de Vida as an alternative. This regulates the sustainable development of the community over the next 50 years and includes programs for the preservation of the rainforest, reintroduction of endangered wild animals, an approach to health care of all the villagers as well as an education program with kindergartens, schools, a secondary school and the first university in the jungle. Their strategy has become an international role model.

The brochure can be bought in our shop.
It is also available for download here:

Broschuere Sarayaku
Nancy Gualinga and Luis Nango, pupils of the local secondary school, visit a workshop in the computer studio of the village Sarayaku in the ecuadorian rainforest" From the series "Sarayaku - A Village in Resistance to Oil Drilling". © Katharina Mouratidi, 2009.
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Backstage Heroes

Accompanying the series Backstage Heroes by Katharina Mouratidi exists a didactic and methodic educational program for children and adolescents developed by pedagogues. Background materials give a deeper insight into the worldwide civil society and global governance, as well as into the biographies of the "Alternative Nobel Prize" laureates.

Interactive playful learning approaches, moderated group discussions and search orders convey the contents sustainably. In the workshop Take the throne, for example, the participants are prompted to place themselves, like the laureates of the "Alternative Nobel Prize", on a parlor chair. Sitting there, they are asked to reflect about what they perceive as unjust in the world and how they can bring about a change for the better through own activities. Their throne taking is documented by photographs, and for a short time the students themselves become Backstage Heroes.

In this way, the participants of the training program get in contact with the persons portrayed in a complex dialogue and are stimulated to think about their own possibilities to contribute to social change. By the way, they learn something about the visual strategies of photography and its special imagery as a means of communication.

The brochure can be bought in our shop.

The educational material can be downloaded here:

Backstage Heroes Educational Material
Workshop for youngsters accompanying the exhibition "Backstage Heroes" at Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin. © Katharina Mouratidi, 2014.
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