Circle Culture is delighted to co-hostHINTERGRÜNDE Maxime Ballesteros in collaboration with Ruptly VERNISSAGE: SEPTEMBER 7TH 20187 – 11PM (INVITATION ONLY)EXHIBITION: SEPTEMBER 8TH AND 9THOPENING HOURS: 11AM – 18PM About the exhibition 2018 marks five years since Ruptly made its debut on the media landscape. To celebrate the anniversary, the news agency is curating an exhibition with photographer and Berlin subculture darling Maxime Ballesteros, who has taken a series of portraits showcasing the company’s dynamic team. Hintergründe, which translates as 'Backgrounds', pays tribute to the unique blend of characters and cultures that shape Ruptly. From sunny parks to cozy bars, the eclectic group takes you on a tour of Berlin, a place that has welcomed diversity and creativity with open arms. For many, the city has allowed this international group to flourish, through the rooted values that they collectively share.One of Ruptly’s own has said that, “Berlin is the place where I feel home, where I feel free and accepted in all my different moods”. While another long time team member echoed that, “I always felt out of place as a first-generation immigrant in America and now I have found a place where people share my values”.Hintergründe is a homage to the forward-thinking individuals who are helping shape the way we access news today.--Ruptly, a global multimedia agency, has built a disruptive reputation in an old guard industry owing to its young team with backgrounds as far-ranging as the international news coverage they produce. Its office speaks 40 languages between journalists, artists, engineers, and other professionals. Hailing from all over, from Sweden to Japan, they meet together at Ruptly Berlin HQ with one common goal - to expand views by delivering the stories the world wants, with an alternative perspective that audiences deserve. Maxime Ballesteros was born in Lyon, France. His photographs have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in France, USA, Belgium, Russia, Germany, Great Britain and Denmark. His work was published in Magazines such as 032c, Esquire, Monopol, Sleek Magazine, Ssense, Vice Germany, W Magazine, Zeit Magazin and many more. The striking photobook Les Absents is his first monograph, produced in cooperation with the visionary culture and fashion network Sang Bleu in London, including various texts and poems by the artist himself. The artwork featured on Les Absents was shown at Konig Gallery last July. He has been based in Berlin since 2007.