Born and based in Berlin, I am a visual explorer with an emphasis on long-term projects that allow me to build relationships with people. My work revolves around question of migration, belonging, and our impact on the environment. I strongly believe that our ability to see also gives us the agency to act, and that photography can be a powerful tool for community (and self-) empowerment.  


Publications include The Independent, Huffington Post, AFP, Bloomberg, Grazia France, Marie Claire Australia, Berliner Morgenpost, Der Tagesspiegel, Neues Deutschland.  

I work as a photographer, educator and cultural mediator, and am available for commissions world-wide. Fluent in German, English, French, Portugese; basic Spanish and Arabic. 


Contact | maralena_klein(at)hotmail(dot)com


CURRENT


Cultural mediator at Gesellschaft für humanistische Fotografie, Berlin. 

Collaborating artist at KontextSchule, Universität der Künste, Berlin.


PREVIOUS


2014 – 2016  Photo assistant to photographers John Angerson and Mark Cocksedge, London.

2012 – 2013  Staff photographer and cultural mediator at Forum Réfugiés-Cosi, Lyon, France. 



STUDIES


2012 – 2013  Université Lumière Lyon II, Lyon, France

                      Professional MA Cultural Mediation: conveying of the arts and knowledge through image.

                      Dissertation: Portraying the life of Romanian Roma in France: the role of the image and its maker. 

2009 – 2011  Université Lumière Lyon II, Lyon, France

                      MA Audiovisual studies, specialisation documentary cinema and photography 

2007 – 2009  University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom. International Relations, Philosophy, French



SEMINARS / MASTERCLASSES


2018 – 2019   Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin. Seminar Sibylle Fendt: Europe

2017– 2018    Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin. Seminar Thomas Meyer: Identity

2013              St Martin's School of Art, London. Reportage photography


EXHIBITIONS | SOLO


7 - 15 July 2018  

Heimspiel | Mama Kalo, Berlin

  

1 Dec 2017 – 31 May 2018  

Exploraçao | Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris | Virtual exhibition here.


1 March – 30 April 2014 

Roms, entre autres | Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris


3 Dec 2013 – 28 Feb 2014 

Roms, entre autres | Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Lyon


27 – 29 Nov 2013  

Roms, entre autres | Le Lavoir Public, Lyon (Biennale of Contemporary Art)


1 July – 30 August 2012 

The Bricks of the Lane | Kahila, London



EXHIBITIONS | GROUP

6 March - 31 May 2020 
Es wird gewesen sein. | C7 Galerie, Mannheim (OFF//FOTO Mannheim)
 

28 Nov 2019 – 10 Feb 2020 

Heimspiel. Deine Zauber binden wieder. Group Show Ostkreuz Schule für Fotografie | Galerie im Kreishaus, Luckenwalde


19 Sep 2019

#OurSummerOfLove (winner instagram) | Palais Populaire, Berlin


30 August 2019 

Diskursalon presents: On Migration. Group Show and Panel | Sprachsalon, Berlin


15 – 21 July 2019

I can't recall the melody, but it was beautiful. | Transmitter, Berlin


31 May – 8 June 2019 

Heimspiel. Deine Zauber binden wieder. Group Show Ostkreuz Schule für Fotografie | Provino Club, Augsburg


8 March 2019 

The Cycle Diaries. Female Flavours. | TATWERK, Berlin 


2 – 10 March 2019  

Heimspiel. Deine Zauber binden wieder. Group Show Ostkreuz Schule für Fotografie | Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin    


5 - 14 Oct 2018  

Selected Memories. Group Show curated by Loosenart  | Millepiani, Rome

 

12 July - 9 Sep 2018  

Ulrike, Commended Portrait, Sony World Photography Awards | Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin. Virtual exhibition here.

   

20 April - 6 May 2018  

Ulrike, Commended Portrait, Sony World Photography Awards | Somerset House, London. Virtual exhibition here.


19 – 22 April 2018  

FluchtpunktIdentity  Group Show Ostkreuz Schule für Fotografie | Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin

 

3 March – 28 March 2015 

Images et Humanitaire. Group Show and Panel | Bibliothèque du 1er, Lyon (invitation by Médecins du Monde)

 

1 April – 30 July 2013 

Raisin d’être | Jardin des Miroirs, Paris (Printemps de la Bio, 2nd Jury Prize)

 

1 July – 7 July 2012 

Préjugés d’Ici et d’Ailleurs | Parc de la Tête d'Or, Lyon (part of Dialogues en Humanité)


1 – 5 Nov 2011 

Préjugés d’Ici et d’Ailleurs | CCO, Villeurbanne (part of Migrant’Scène Festival)


30 June - 3 July 2011  

Reflections from Jenin (short film 30', director)  | Fusion Festival, Mecklenburg 


22 Jan – 7 Feb 2010  

Leo (short film 9', director)  | Centre d’animation, Paris (part of Cris de la ville)



SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS


2019  | On subjectivity in the construction of narrative. Panel discussion at Diskursalon: On Migration, Berlin.


2018  | On Brazil’s current environmental policies. Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris. Written interview here.


2017  | On female refugee chefs in London, for documentary A la recherche des femmes chefs (Vérane Frédiani, France 2016). Trailer here.


2015  | On female refugee chefs in London, Interviews with AFP and BBC


2015  | On the photographer’s role in contemporary humanitarian reportage. Round table with Médecins du Monde, Bibliothèque du 1er, Lyon 

  

2013  | On inclusion policies aimed at Romanian Roma families in Lyon, France. Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Lyon



Inspired / awed by Moises Saman, Taryn Simon, Josef Koudelka, Klea McKenna, David Alan Harvey, Sebastiao Salgado, Jane Bown, Bruce Davidson, Paolo Pellegrin,Hannah Höch, Gillian Wearing, Janet Cardiff, Toni Morrison...



 
Contact | maralena_klein(at)hotmail(dot)com

Mara Klein Berlin-based Documentary and Portrait Photographer

Mara Klein, Berlin-based documentary photographer, specialising in subjects of migration, identity and belonging.
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