BIO | WORKS




since 2020     Development of teaching format B2 Kunst und Kultur at Volkshochschule Neukölln, Berlin.

2018 – 2021  Cultural mediator, designer education programs at Gesellschaft für humanistische Fotografie, Berlin.

Co-creator of Foto im Kontext - reflecting on the way we see. 

2018 – 2020  Collaborating artist at KontextSchule, Universität der Künste, Berlin

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. 



EDUCATION

2018 – 2020   KontextSchule, Universität der Künste, Berlin

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

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



 
 EXHIBITIONS | SCREENINGS

 

 2022


Donau. Flussgeschichten. Permanent exhibition, Donauschwäbisches Zentralmuseum, Ulm.


 2021
 
How to walk a line. The Pulse under my Skin, Berlin. Virtual exhibition here.
 

 
2020
   
Wie man eine Linie geht. Kurzfilmtag, Die Beginen, Rostock


Plattenkrise. DokKa Dokumentarfestival, Karlsruhe - Winner Best Short Documentary. Interview 
here.

Operation Himmelblick. Begehungen 2020 Festival, Chemnitz


Es wird gewesen sein. C7 Galerie, Mannheim (OFF//FOTO Mannheim). Virtual exhibition here.

 
2019 
 
#OurSummerOfLove (winner instagram). Palais Populaire, Berlin


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


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


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


The Cycle Diaries. Female Flavours. TATWERK, Berlin 


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


2018

  

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


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


Heimspiel. Solo Exhibition. Mama Kalo,Berlin


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


Fluchtpunkt. Identity  Group Show Ostkreuz Schule für Fotografie. Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin


2017

   

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


2015

    

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


2014


Roms, entre autresSolo Exhibition. Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris


Roms, entre autres. Solo Exhibition. Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Lyon


2013


Roms, entre autres. Solo Exhibition. Le Lavoir Public, Lyon (Biennale of Contemporary Art)


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


2012


The Bricks of the Lane. Solo Exhibition. Kahila, London


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


2011


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


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


2010


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



COLLECTIONS


2022  Donaublau, Donauschwäbisches Zentralmuseum, Ulm
 
 
 

PUBLIC SPEAKING 


2020  On placemaking. Panel discussion at Chaos Computer Congress, digital world.


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.


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



 FEATURED IN PRESS

2021 On housing and rooftops. arte tracks


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


2016 Mazí Mas: The life-changing restaurant. Independent

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


 2015 Meet the Migrant Women revolutionising the Food Industry. Huffington Post
 
 2014 The New Radicals. Guardian



COLLECTIVES


Operation Himmelblick
Women making Art in Public Space
Human Systems
' Future Togetherness Kitchen


Inspirations (selection) Moises Saman, Taryn Simon, Josef Koudelka, Klea McKennaWing Shya,Janet Cardiff, David Alan Harvey, Sebastiao Salgado, Jane Bown, Lucia Berlin, Bruce Davidson, Gillian Wearing, Paolo Pellegrin, Hannah Höch, Toni Morrison



Contact | mara.klein(at)posteo(dot)de



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