Roses Need No Why


Photographs by the final year students
taught by Ute Mahler and Göran Gnaudschun at
the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin

In life like in art, flowers are never trivial; after all, they communicate hidden messages: they symbolise the richness of life, express affection, a close bond and attraction. In art, images of flowers also stand for what comes afterwards; they hint at decay, wilting, death.  The end of the gloriousness of flowers is already inherent in their beauty.

The final year students of the class taught by Ute Mahler and Göran Gnaudschun at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie approach this only seemingly simple or winsome theme from different angles: from carefully staged photographs of precious flowers to documentary-style evidence of uncontrolled roadside greenery and observations of people’s attempts to make their surroundings homely with the aid of flowers and plants.

The exhibition at Schloss Neuhardenberg, where botany and art have been appreciated in equal measures since the 18th century, will feature works by Felix Lampe, Lena Ures, Hannah Krist, Jonathan Scotti, Jaakov Pronin, Alicja Khatchikian, Mathilde Tijen Hansen, Max Korndörfer, Pascal Reif, Sofiane Vergnet, Sara Toussaint and Michelle Martins Carvalho.

The Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, established in 2005 by Werner Mahler and Thomas Sandberg, is considered to be one of the most renowned academies of photography in Germany. Its courses focus on the differences and similarities between documentary, journalistic or artistic photography and are accompanied by the professional photographers of Agentur Ostkreuz.

Roses Need No Why


  • Saturday, 12.09.2020 –
    Sunday, 06.12.2020
  • Foyer of the Great Hall

to 25 October
Tuesdays to Sundays
and on public holidays

26. October to 6 December
Wednesdays to Sundays
(on event days up to start of event)

Exhibition opening
Sat 12 September, 14:00

Free admission