52 artists | 18 photographers | 1 message: MISS YOU

A public exhibition aims to raise the visibility of artists.
Everything is always good for something! And that's how difficult moments often turn into something positive. That's how I motivate myself. It gives me strength, and I try to leverage this strength because I believe there is an opportunity at hand to drive something big in the world of art.
Johanna Lemke, dancer

"I miss the immanent transcendence of the stage as a house of mirrors in which the mirrors see themselves in the mirror, and I look forward to once again being able lead the incredible trump of immediacy once the theater front curtains open again."

Lars Eidinger, actor

"We're missing closeness in every facet of our lives. 

Culture, too, is missing this intimacy. But we'll all meet again some day."

Max Raabe, singer

"You don't hear and see the true essence of music in all its force on TV and computer screens. The full unfolding of musical energy can only be experienced in live concerts. Live concerts are irreplaceable – for us musicians as well as our audience."

Cristina Gomez Godoy, oboe soloist 

"MISS YOU is a fantastic project: it makes you feel needed, and I'm delighted that, one day, I'll be able to embrace everyone in the exhibition!"

Katharina Thalbach, actor

Fifty-two portraits are on view until March 16, exhibited in illuminated display cases around the urban spaces of Berlin, Hamburg and Baden-Baden

And not digital: rather, it's analog

Singer Max Raabe stands on a stage with his arms crossed and head bowed. Actor Lars Eidinger, attired completely in green, sits behind a pane of glass in Berlin's Schaubühne – the Theatre on Lehniner Square. Actor Katharina Thalbach lies lost in thought in a bathtub outdoors, surrounded by nature.

The photography project MISS YOU is an homage to our cultural landscape that today lies fallow. No accusatory tribute, this exhibition exudes a positive message.

 

MISS YOU is designed to be both a sign of life from creative artists and as a shout-out from the audience to the artists, both of which translate to say: We're thinking of you, and looking forward immensely to seeing you again soon – in short, quite simply: we MISS YOU. 

 

Eighteen photographers from the OSTKREUZ agency present portraits of artists from the mainstream cultural scene as well as the off-scene in settings far from their usual audience: in their studios, rehearsal and practice rooms, in the kitchen – or just about anywhere.

Featured personae include renowned figures such as actor Katharina Thalbach, visual and performance artist Anne Imhof and oboe soloist Cristina Gómez Godoy as well as lesser known artists in the free art scene ranging from a jazz trombonist, a DJ, choreographers and a music producer to a puppeteer.

What do you miss, the Siemens Arts Program asks Sibylle Fendt, photographer at the Ostkreuz agency:

"I miss the humid, stagnant air in small, jam-packed concert locations, the scent of strangers, the loud music that infuses and takes over the venue space, and the indescribable magic of live concerts."

 

How do you feel, stuck in lockdown without an audience?

"Having to resign myself to no audience for so long already is truly a heart-wrenching feeling. This longing for the atmosphere of the theater, the buzz and hubbub of voices you hear on stage coming from the house, the intoxication of performance that we enter into night after night – not experiencing that leaves a vast emptiness inside me. We miss you! We need you! We'll be back!" replies actor Stefanie Reinsperger.

 

And what are you looking forward to, the Siemens Arts Program asks dancer and performance artist Oxana Chi?

"I look forward to more thoughtful reflectiveness, fervidly appreciative enjoyment, and gratitude after the abstinent austerity of the COVID-19 era. I don't want to carry anything over from before: no "back to normal", no normal, no backwards – no retrospective throwback... I would like to paint a colorful rainbow across the sky, with waterproof paint! And magnificently diverse in EVERY color."

Oxana Chi, solo dancer at Staatsballett Berlin

Photo: Jordis Antonia Schlösser

Art and culture – and the people who create and organize art and culture – are key forces in our society, an engine of identity, creativity and self-reflection. They always contribute greatly to social cohesion, and are doing so in particular during the current pandemic. By supporting the MISS YOU photography exhibition project, SIEMENS hopes to make a modest contribution of its own towards strengthening the cohesive solidarity between artists, culture and business. Having trained as a violinist and conductor myself, I well know that playing together is key to everything. This is why I warmly welcome the open solidarity that MISS YOU shows for all art forms, and not just specific interests. MISS YOU takes a deep and highly emotional look at today's situation in the "free art scene", across all boundaries of the diverse artistic genres.
Stephan Frucht, Artistic Director of the Siemens Arts Program, about MISS YOU
MISS YOU will make artists visible again, and rightfully remind everyone that we need them. The Siemens Arts Program is convinced that this public exhibition will awaken longings, disseminate confidence, and give pause to reflect. We look forward to everyone rejoining the world of the arts – for, in truth, it never really left us.

We MISS YOU!

The OSTKREUZ agency…

 

… was founded as a cooperative in 1990 based on the model of the legendary Magnum Photos cooperative. Initiated by seven photographers from former East Germany, its namesake is the local railway interchange station in former East Berlin. Their concept is to mutually strengthen one another in uncertain times rather than fight as lone warriors. OSTKREUZ counts today among the most important photography agencies in Germany. Its members work for GEO and Der SPIEGEL magazines, the New York Times and Newsweek, and their work is regularly exhibited in Paris and Madrid as well as Berlin.