As part of the exhibition series "Art for Impact", the Intalcon Foundation is showing photographs by Markus Mauthe.

Markus Mauthe is not only a photographer, but also an environmental activist. He is committed to preserving our habitats and protecting the ecological diversity of our planet. The adventurer prefers to travel where nature still functions untouched in its intact ecosystems.
For his project "At the edges of the world", he went in search of the last indigenous peoples. Far away from civilisation, they live in harmony with nature without destroying it. Centuries-old knowledge helps them to do so.
However, their traditional ways of life are increasingly influenced by globalisation. Their habitats are being destroyed and their existence threatened. Due to their close connection to nature, indigenous peoples are of great importance for the preservation of biodiversity and thus also for climate protection. Together with Markus Mauthe, it is close to the heart of the Intalcon Foundation to stand up for indigenous peoples and to draw attention to their importance for our life on earth.

If you travel the world with your eyes open, you can't miss the problems, and if you travel with your heart, you can't not care about them.
Markus Mauthe

aBOUT Markus Mauthe

Markus Mauthe is a photographer, filmmaker, speaker, author, and environmental activist who campaigns for the preservation of our planet.
Markus grew up in a family of photographers on Lake Constance. He was born in 1969 and visited Africa for the first time when he was 17. At 20, he crossed New Zealand by mountain bike. As a trained industrial and advertising photographer, he started his own business as early as 1991. He worked for Greenpeace for 20 years and gives up to 120 lectures a year.

In the meantime, he has travelled to over 80 countries, some of them several times, and photographed them. For his project "At the edges of the world", he spent three years on 13 journeys to visit 22 indigenous peoples in remote regions and was accompanied by a film team for the first time. More information on the film can be found under "Further knowledge". In addition to the live shows, a premium illustrated book entitled "LOST" has also been published, only a small part of whose photographs can be seen here.

Markus is the founder of the non-profit nature conservation organisation AMAP (Almada Mata Atlântica Project), which works to preserve and expand the already highly fragmented Atlantic rainforest on the east coast of Brazil. Brazil is his second home. There he lives with his wife and two children on a 400-hectare organic cocoa farm. You can find more information about him on his website https://www.markus-mauthe.de.

Note: The texts used on this page are partly taken from the book "Lost - An den Rändernder Welt" and are subject to copyright protection. Copyright © 2018 MarkusMauthe/Florens Eckert, Knesebeck Verlag.


At the edges of the world

"The film shows how civilization has made its way to the far corners of this world. It raises complex questions and doesn't pretend to know the answers itself." (Badische Zeitung).

"A calmly delivered lesson in sustainability that makes the viewer aware that with the loss of these tribes, invaluable knowledge is also lost." (Weser-Kurier)

Global Report of the World Biodiversity Council IPBES 2019

This global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services was conducted by about 150 selected experts from all regions of the world, including 16 young scientists, supported by 350 authors. More than 15,000 scientific publications, as well as extensive indigenous and local knowledge, were analyzed.

Global Biodiversity Framework of the United Nations

By 2030, global action should be taken to conserve and protect nature and its essential services to humans.


Under the title "Art for Impact", the Intalcon Foundation makes its website available to ambitious visual artists as a platform for exhibitions. Especially in times of pandemic, too many doors remain closed to culture. Here, the Foundation wants to be supportive on the one hand, and at the same time use art as an effective means and form of expression for environmentally and socially critical messages. For this reason, the artists selected by the Intalcon Foundation always have a connection to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. They use the language of art to attract attention and to stimulate reflection.

Former Artists

Dr. Yi Sun: The scars of the earth

The aerial photographs by the Chinese artist and scientist Dr. Yi Sun showcase the beauty of nature with a breathtaking selection of motifs. At the same time, they also symbolize the influence of man on this planet. From an unusual perspective - often from more than 1000 meters above the ground - they raise awareness for climate change and for a neglected environment marked by exploitation and destruction.