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The Hidden Dimension

Winning awards at Berlin Commercial for best cinematography as well as the Silver Screen at the Cannes Young Director Award, The Hidden Dimension is Container Love’s latest in-house production. The short film is an intimate journey into the mind of queer photographer and visual artist Leo Maki. Watch the trailer now.

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Berlin Fashion Week: Behind The Scenes Of AW 24/25

Editorial | Photography|

Container Love participated in the recent edition of Berlin Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 24/25, from the runway to backstage and vice versa. We have curated a selection of the best of local brands that are poised to make a statement in the upcoming seasons, check it out.

Luise Zücker: Empowering Jewelry

Love Brands|

The designs of this beloved jewelry couture brand are gender fluid, serving as an explicit invitation to the beauty of empowerment. Excelling in captivating and sophisticated shapes, the designer brand is all about free and bold expression.

KRiLL BERLiN: Colors As A Statement

Love Brands|

The contemporary organic and fair fashion label is not for those who fade into the masses. KRiLL BERLiN stands out, presenting a showcase of colorful elegance with a distinctive sense of individuality and bold-daring style where all colors, identities, and sizes are welcome.

VanessaBaernthol: Love-me Some Good Pearls

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The genderless designer brand has redefined the usage and style proposition of classic pearls. The once-called “grandma accessory” is now presented in dramatic, edgy, and bold statement pieces, making this fashion proposal an empowering tool available to be worn by everyone.

BlackPearl: Breathing Fire

Container Talks | Photography|

BlackPearl embodies strenght, power, and loads of fierce attitude. As a multidisciplinary artist, her ways of expression expands together with every step she takes. Represented by Cameron Nedrick, check her editorial with Container Love.

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Love Brands

Love Brands is Container Love’s section for fashion and beauty forward brands. Committed to a more inclusive future, we promote brands working towards a genderless approach, a sustainable industry, and empowerment of communities. Visit our selection of the brands that celebrate the queer lifestyle, creating a better tomorrow.

Photo Christian Ruess Talent Jan Baszak

Youngchan: In The Motion

Container Talks | Photography|

Scouted by Cameron Nedrick, Youngchan embodies pure movement as a passion. With a clear and strong message against hatred and stereotypes, the talent embraces change and the journey of discovering new ways to express.

Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert: “Bigger” Self-Love

Photography | Books|

“Bigger” is the new book and photo project of photographer Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert. Portraying the beauty of larger bodies, the artist presents a visual journey that navigates the topics of self-love and self-perception of bigger male-identyfying.

The Queer Archive: Kavla #3 – Slaughterhouse

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A slaughterhouse isn’t just a house of death. It’s a space in between life and death, the road to the Underworld”, explains the introduction of the third issue of KAVLA fanzine, the latest independent publication from The Queer Archive. Featuring the work of more than 20 queer artists, it is definitely a work not to be missed.

Denys: Look At Me, Yes You

Container Talks | Photography|

Denys is a natural wanderer who embraces life in its complexity. However, in his eyes, there is no need to discuss it only with words, as expression and creativity allow him to speak too. Represented by Cameron Nedrick, this face reveals that he once fantasized about being a mermaid instead.

Dan Grips: Exuding Style

Container Talks | Photography|

Dan Grips exudes an intriguing and magnetic attitude and look. Tattoos are his tool for expression, among other creative passions he treasures. Represented by Eli X Casting, the talent does not hold back in expressing his committed love for others.

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Container Talks

Container Talks is our series that shines a spotlight on the new role models to look up to. A combination of talents, creatives, and artists, represent the wide spectrum of queer culture in bold and refreshing ways, serving as a starting point to create stronger communities and allies through Container Love.

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BlackPearl: Breathing Fire

Container Talks | Photography|

BlackPearl embodies strenght, power, and loads of fierce attitude. As a multidisciplinary artist, her ways of expression expands together with every step she takes. Represented by Cameron Nedrick, check her editorial with Container Love.

Youngchan: In The Motion

Container Talks | Photography|

Scouted by Cameron Nedrick, Youngchan embodies pure movement as a passion. With a clear and strong message against hatred and stereotypes, the talent embraces change and the journey of discovering new ways to express.

Denys: Look At Me, Yes You

Container Talks | Photography|

Denys is a natural wanderer who embraces life in its complexity. However, in his eyes, there is no need to discuss it only with words, as expression and creativity allow him to speak too. Represented by Cameron Nedrick, this face reveals that he once fantasized about being a mermaid instead.

Dan Grips: Exuding Style

Container Talks | Photography|

Dan Grips exudes an intriguing and magnetic attitude and look. Tattoos are his tool for expression, among other creative passions he treasures. Represented by Eli X Casting, the talent does not hold back in expressing his committed love for others.

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Visible Love 2023: 10 Years Of Container Love

Marking our first decade, the Visible Love exhibition brought a curated selection of photography and films that celebrate queer culture to POP KUDAMM space in Berlin. Partnering with international photographers, creators, and LGBTQIA+ role models, Container Love celebrated two weeks with incredible events, exclusive editorials, and the launch of our first print magazine, entering a new chapter for this platform and creative studio.

Photo Slava Mogutin

David Urbanke: The Voice Of A New Era

Editorial | Visible Love|

Stunning, powerful and unapologetic: black Filipina trans woman Jari Jones has become a generational icon and inspiration for all the right reasons. Shot by David Urbanke, Jari and her partner Deniz are familiar faces in a new era of inclusivity. Her role as an actress, model, producer and creative provides authenticity, compassion and hope, paving the way for future generations.

Celine Yasemin & Milena Zara: Category Is… Realness

Editorial | Visible Love|

Every transition is also a journey, from self-hate to self-love – photographers Celine Yasemin and Milena Zara wanted to show the realness of transition while shooting iconic model and influencer Steph Barreto. The fruit of an amazing collaboration, their editorial is full of heart, as featured in Container Love’s first-ever print magazine, the Visibility Issue.

Anil Ayhan: Tales From The City

Editorial | Visible Love|

In a world that is relentlessly trying to mold us into predefined shapes, there is immense power and liberation in staying true to yourself – for his series features in our printed magazine, The Visibility Issue, Berlin photographer Anil Ayhan collaborated with musician, dancer, and queer tastemaker Lie Ning. Their duo’s beautiful work is proof that sometimes the best way to break through the noise is to just sing louder.

Ansgar Sollmann: The Present Is Genderless

Editorial | Visible Love|

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Bastian Thiery: Hungry Eyes

Editorial | Visible Love|

It’s not about beauty that’s transformative but about the transformation that’s beautiful – iconic makeup-up artist and drag superstar Hungry was shot by Berlin-based photographer Bastian Thiery for Container Love’s Visibility Issue. A celebration of creativity and queerness, Bastian’s series is one that’s here to stay for a long time.

Slava Mogutin: It’s Hot Out There

Editorial | Visible Love|

As the city sweats and the hot summer sun is melting the streets, the world becomes a playground, and every given moment, an opportunity for celebrating the vibrant tapestry of life. From posing naked on the roof to getting a cool splash on the balcony, New York-based artist Slava Mogutin's series of fun and sexy portraits is an untamed celebration of life and unapologetic queerness.

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Photography

In-depth interviews, exclusive editorials and book releases curated by Container Love, featuring diverse international photographers exploring identity and queerness, presenting the world as seen through their lenses.

Photo Rob Tennent

The Queer Archive: Kavla #3 – Slaughterhouse

Photography | Books|

A slaughterhouse isn’t just a house of death. It’s a space in between life and death, the road to the Underworld”, explains the introduction of the third issue of KAVLA fanzine, the latest independent publication from The Queer Archive. Featuring the work of more than 20 queer artists, it is definitely a work not to be missed.

Denys: Look At Me, Yes You

Container Talks | Photography|

Denys is a natural wanderer who embraces life in its complexity. However, in his eyes, there is no need to discuss it only with words, as expression and creativity allow him to speak too. Represented by Cameron Nedrick, this face reveals that he once fantasized about being a mermaid instead.

Dan Grips: Exuding Style

Container Talks | Photography|

Dan Grips exudes an intriguing and magnetic attitude and look. Tattoos are his tool for expression, among other creative passions he treasures. Represented by Eli X Casting, the talent does not hold back in expressing his committed love for others.

Ilya Zakharin: A Photobook Of Bodies And Expression

Photography | Books|

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J.H. Engström: Elegant Minimalism In 30 Years Of Filippa K

Photography | Books|

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Love Has No Label

Container Love’s very own award-winning series of films, deconstructing stereotypes about love and gender through the personal stories of four individuals, proving that labels can not define us.

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Film

A variety of short films and series by international queer filmmakers as well as Container Love’s own productions, making the voices of the LGBTQ+ community heard, educating while celebrating queer film worldwide.

Photo Ben Galster

La Push: Together

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Miluum: Aitai

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Horses: Relief

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The Hidden Dimension: Official Trailer

The Hidden Dimension | Film|

Awarded with Silver Screen at Cannes Young Director Award, The Hidden Dimension is a portrait of queer photographer and visual artist Leo Maki. An intimate journey into the mind of the artist based in Warsaw, Poland. The film explores the creative process behind his work where sexuality, desire, and reality blends into art.

Jordan Blady: Comfort Zone

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Comfort Zone is the latest short film by Paris-based director Jordan Blady, exploring the vibrant drag community in Tbilisi, Georgia, through the eyes of activist and performer Matt Shally.

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Events

Immersive exhibitions, thought-provoking panels, dinners and special events in all shapes and forms, all hosted by Container Love, fighting for diversity through art, education and open dialogues and celebrating Pride 365 days a year.

Photo David Mendez by Sven Serkis

Visible Love 2023: 10 Years Of Container Love

Visible Love | Events|

For years, our annual Visible Love exhibition has marked a very special time of the year: an event that stands for the unapologetic celebration of diversity and queer culture that we are devoted to, 365 days a year. This time, it also stood for the 10-year anniversary of Container Love. And this is how it all happened.

Christian Ruess Of Container Love: Freedom Means No Fear

Visible Love | Events|

Knowledge means less fear and no fear means freedom – in a super special in-house interview, we asked Container Love’s Founder and Creative Director Christian Ruess about why most brands are misinterpreting diversity as a one-trick pony, the story behind our international #VisibleLove exhibition series and how finding the right partners at H&M could turn our simple idea into a global movement.

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Interviews

In-depth interviews with photographers and painters, designers and taste-makers, actors and activists – people who inspire us, revealing the stories behind their work, their passion and their projects.

Photo Chloé Rosser

Lie Ning: Whispering Queer Intimacy In Your Ear

Interviews|

Adored multi-talented artist and November’s global cover of Spotify Glow, Lie Ning, presents, in an exclusive conversation with Container Love, his latest hot music project named ‘sweatshop’, singing about intimacy, connections, and sex. Trust us, we love it!

Tarik Tesfu: The Power Of Trusting Yourself

Interviews|

Labels prevent you from reaching your full potential – journalist, podcaster, performer, and an iconic advocate for genderless fashion, Tarik Tesfu is as real as all-around talents get. In conversation with Container Love’s founder Christian Ruess, Tarik opened up about growing up black and queer in Germany, why he doesn’t like to be called an activist, and how his brand new album, Mutterland, has led him into a new era of self-consciousness.

Ayan Yuruk: “Being True To Yourself Should Be A Life Motto For Everyone”

Interviews|

Beloved queer role model Ayan Yuruk, one of the Fab 5 from Queer Eye Germany, brings a charming and confident energy to everything he does. In conversation with Container Love, Ayan shares bits of his successful young career, the accidental jump on TV, and also the challenges he has faced along his journey into becoming a charming personality in Germany.

Gialu: Non-Binary Representation’s Sweetheart

Interviews|

One of the most exciting voices of non-binary people representation on social media these days. With only 25 years, Gialu lives unapologetically while inspiring generations with quality educational content that celebrates non-binary and trans lives. Gialu shares with Container Love their perspectives about a world that moves forward in queer affairs but still faces several challenges to achieve true inclusion.

Maxwell Poth: Empowering Queer Youth

A Decade Of Love | Interviews | Books|

Maxwell Poth, in conversation with Container Love, presents his latest book, "Young Queer America: The Real Stories and Faces of LGBTQ+ Youth." Through his nonprofit organization, Project Contrast, the photographer and advocate shares details about his life and this project, aiming to continue raising awareness about mental health and create a safe space that fosters a sense of community for young queer individuals in the US.

Ben Galster: The Call Of The Hidden Dimension

The Hidden Dimension | Interviews|

F​​ilms should make you think about the lives and feelings of others, helping you to learn something new about yourself too – in Container Love’s latest short film, The Hidden Dimension, awarded with Silver Screen at Cannes Young Director Award, director Ben Galster dove deep to capture the beautiful and complex mind of queer visual artist Leo Maki and the challenges behind his craft. We sat down with Ben to talk about his principles in filmmaking, queer visibility, and the unique visual storytelling of The Hidden Dimension.

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Love Brands

Love Brands is the destination for fashion, beauty, and lifestyle forward brands. Showcasing their commitment to a more inclusive future, Container Love promotes brands working towards a genderless approach, a sustainable industry, and the empowerment of communities. Explore the selection of brands that celebrate queer culture, creating a better tomorrow.

Photo Eduard Galià for FRNKOW

Luise Zücker: Empowering Jewelry

Love Brands|

The designs of this beloved jewelry couture brand are gender fluid, serving as an explicit invitation to the beauty of empowerment. Excelling in captivating and sophisticated shapes, the designer brand is all about free and bold expression.

KRiLL BERLiN: Colors As A Statement

Love Brands|

The contemporary organic and fair fashion label is not for those who fade into the masses. KRiLL BERLiN stands out, presenting a showcase of colorful elegance with a distinctive sense of individuality and bold-daring style where all colors, identities, and sizes are welcome.

VanessaBaernthol: Love-me Some Good Pearls

Love Brands|

The genderless designer brand has redefined the usage and style proposition of classic pearls. The once-called “grandma accessory” is now presented in dramatic, edgy, and bold statement pieces, making this fashion proposal an empowering tool available to be worn by everyone.

Jean Gritsfeldt: Fashion As A Statement

Love Brands|

Love Brand Jean Gritsfeldt’s latest collection, Born in Kyiv. Sculptor of Love, made headlines all over the world when it made its debut at the Berlin Fashion Week. Shooting a selection of designs with Container Love, we could finally ask Jean to tell his extraordinary story of starting from scratch after leaving Ukraine, his commitment to environmentalism, and why each piece he creates should be a statement on its own.

Kust x Lovem: A Skin To Skin Story

Love Brands|

Premium underwear brand Kust launches a new line of products in collaboration with skincare pioneer Lovem on a sustainable self-care routine which aims to transform the traditional approach to men’s health and beauty.

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Specials

Container Love’s Specials stand for curated editorials and interviews, celebrating special topics, in-house productions as well as collaborations with contemporary artists: a wide variety of projects tapping into the queer experience, approaching it in new, bold ways.

Photo Blazey by Nikk Martin

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Opinion

The space for our guest-writers and columnists, artists, activist, queer opinion-makers to share their thoughts and personal stories reflecting on relevant topics, broadening our horizons by discussing diversity and the freedom of love in our modern day society.

Painting Wojciech Wos

Alex Gessner: Pride For All Or None Of Us

Opinion | The Hidden Dimension|

Alex Gessner shares her perspective into the current state of LGBTQIA2S+ communities in 2023, amidst a backdrop of increasing attacks and discrimination. This Container Love opinion sheds light on the urgent need for solidarity and action, calling on companies and individuals to go beyond performative gestures and embrace real inclusivity. From workplace discrimination to global struggles, Alex called out that it's time for true liberation and equal protection for all members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community.

Adrián Gomis Exposito: The Absence Of Love

Opinion | The Hidden Dimension|

Adrián Gomis Exposito explores the struggles faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals in understanding and expressing love due to societal norms and mental health issues. This Container Love's opinion emphasizes the importance of creating an open and supportive environment for conversations about sexuality, self-expression, and the self-identity journey at their own pace, free from judment and pressure. Adrian reflects on how empowering everyone is fundamental to live authentically and create supporting environments.

Luise Zücker: Fashion As A Tool Of Identity

Opinion | The Hidden Dimension|

Inspired by the immense power of fashion as a tool for self-expression and identity exploration, Luise Zücker shares her opinion at Container Love. From historically secret dress codes to modern-day creative liberation, fashion speaks volumes without words, and Luise shared her own journey of finding identity through fashion and how it has influenced her work as a self-employed powerful female designer. Empowering women and LGBTQIA+ individuals in the fashion industry, she celebrates diversity, representation, and the ongoing pursuit of a more inclusive world.

Cora Hamilton: Fit In Or Lose Out

Opinion|

For trans and gender non-conforming (gnc) models, the use of sample size means stamping out their “otherness” and fitting the cisgender mould, equating being cis to being better – Container Love guest author and co-founder of the exclusively LGBTQIA+ talent agency, uns* Cora Hamilton explains one of the fundamental flaws of the fashion industry and how it’s high time for some of its old rules to be rewritten.

Adam Munnings: Is This A Safe Space?

Opinion|

“Sometimes all we want is just to be, to exist in a space where we don’t have to explain, prove, justify or defend ourselves”, states film director Adam Munnings in a new guest collaboration opinion for Container Love. His interpretation of a safe space and how that translates into a club experience.

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Painted Love

Container Love’s specially curated guide to the next generation of queer painters and visual artist challenging queer issues and further exploring queer identity and the influence it has on contemporary art.

Painting Wojciech Wos

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Looking for a creative agency for your marketing and PR strategies? Work with us. Container Love is a global and award-winning platform and creative studio specialized in promoting identities and queer culture in media and advertising. Created in 2013 and located in Berlin, we offer 360º strategies coupled with creative and production services, presenting the spectrum of diversity and contemporary culture through fashion, beauty, arts, and lifestyle.

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