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Don't hide a picture, but don't show it all either

Panel discussion

With Timm Rautert (artist) Ole Frahm (cultural scholar) Hannes Langbein (priest)
Moderators Felix Hoffmann and Friedrich Tietjen

Those who have died or been killed cannot defend themselves against pictures being taken, shown and viewed of their dead bodies. Whoever makes such pictures thus sees himself in a special responsibility: how can pictures be made that give the dead their right, that do not rob them of the rest of their humanity that they had as living beings?

Ole Frahm holds a doctoral degree in literature and media studies, has published numerous books, and lives and works in Frankfurt am Main as a freelance comics theorist and member of the artists’ group LIGNA.

Felix Hoffmann is art historian and cultural scientist, and chief curator at the C/O Berlin Foundation since 2005.

Pfarrer Hannes Langbein is a pastor and director of Stiftung St. Matthäus, the cultural foundation of the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische Oberlausitz (EKBO). After completing his studies in evangelical theology in Heidelberg, Zurich, Princeton, and Berlin, Pastor Langbein worked as a research fellow in the Cultural Office of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD). After completing his pastoral internship in Berlin-Spandau, he moved to Stiftung St. Matthäus in 2016, and has been serving as its director since 2018. He is Editor of the quarterly ecumenical newsletter kunst und kirche (art and church) and President of the Artheon society for contemporary art and the church.

Timm Rautert lives and works in Berlin and Essen. Rautert studied under Otto Steinert at the Folkwang School of Design in Essen, and from 1993 to 2007 was a professor of photography at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. He published numerous books. In 2008 Rautert was the first photographer to be awarded the Lovis Corinth Award. His works were published in GEO, stern, Sunday Times Magazine, Time Life and ZEITmagazin.

Friedrich Tietjen holds a doctoral degree in art history and works as a curator and author. He lives in Leipzig and Vienna.