Everyone can be a role model

Curator Ronja Sommerfeld from the Afrika Medien Zentrum in Berlin has led many discussions for the photo exhibition Flucht nach vorn (Escaping Ahead), which presents migrants and refugees as role models. But what exactly is a role model and does the exhibition concept work? Impressions from the opening event.

by Corinna von Bodisco
20.02.2017

Meet your neighbours at Buch & Café Lentner in München

The eighth evening in the “We’re doing it – meet your neighbours” series in Munich took place at the Buch & Café Lentner bookshop on January 26. The Syrian writer Fouad Yazji and the Munich-based translator and author Silke Kleemann talked about atheism in early Islam, the sources of inspiration for Yazij’s novels, the revolution, love, and living and working in exile.

by Marion Hertle
16.02.2017

Writing after escape

What moves displaced authors in exile and how might a literary analysis of one’s own history look like in the new cultural home? These questions were explored at the event Weg sein – hier sein (To be away – to be here) at the Haus für Poesie (Poetry House) in Berlin.

by Tanja Dückers
06.02.2017

Show me where you come from

The artist Dieter Mammel spent a year painting with displaced children and youths. The result: unique contemporary documents telling stories of war and flight, but also of hope and dreams. We visited his atelier in Berlin.

by Theresa Schmidt
15.12.2016

Everyone can be a role model

Curator Ronja Sommerfeld from the Afrika Medien Zentrum in Berlin has led many discussions for the photo exhibition Flucht nach vorn (Escaping Ahead), which presents migrants and refugees as role models. But what exactly is a role model and does the exhibition concept work? Impressions from the opening event.

by Corinna von Bodisco
20.02.2017

Meet your neighbours at Buch & Café Lentner in München

The eighth evening in the “We’re doing it – meet your neighbours” series in Munich took place at the Buch & Café Lentner bookshop on January 26. The Syrian writer Fouad Yazji and the Munich-based translator and author Silke Kleemann talked about atheism in early Islam, the sources of inspiration for Yazij’s novels, the revolution, love, and living and working in exile.

by Marion Hertle
16.02.2017

Writing after escape

What moves displaced authors in exile and how might a literary analysis of one’s own history look like in the new cultural home? These questions were explored at the event Weg sein – hier sein (To be away – to be here) at the Haus für Poesie (Poetry House) in Berlin.

by Tanja Dückers
06.02.2017

Show me where you come from

The artist Dieter Mammel spent a year painting with displaced children and youths. The result: unique contemporary documents telling stories of war and flight, but also of hope and dreams. We visited his atelier in Berlin.

by Theresa Schmidt
15.12.2016

6 Questions to: Merlin Nadj-Torma

In her photo series “Here is everything as 22 stars :-)”, the photographer has been following and documenting since the year 2011, the life of refugees in illegal camps on the Serbian-Hungarian border, at the gateway to Europe. She tells us about her personal experiences in this short interview.

12.12.2016

Don’t forget friendship to the world

A discussion about hostility with Christina Thürmer-Rohr, Sabine Hark and Ines Kappert.

08.12.2016

In exile, I live my past, present and future simultaneously

Heike Steinweg spent a year photographing women living in exile in Berlin. One of the life-sized portraits in her exhibition I never said goodbye | WOMEN IN EXILE shows Hend. If one looks in Hend's face and that of the other portrayed women and takes the time to read the lines under the photographs, thus one gets to know a lot – about the feelings and dreams of the fled women – and about what we share with them.    

05.12.2016

Migrants and refugees as new actors in politics and the media

Annika Reich gave a keynote speech on behalf of WIR MACHEN DAS (WE’RE DOING IT) at the FORMATE DES POLITISCHEN (POLITICAL FORMATS) conference in Berlin on November 3. The focus of the speech was on the extent to which the media present newcomers as actors and the discriminatory ways in which they are portrayed. Here is an extract from her speech.

by Annika Reich
10.11.2016

The unattainable is always present

Bachtyar Ali, one of the most important writers from Iraqi Kurdistan, gave a fascinating lecture on the philosophical significance of the flight experience at PLURIVERSALE V. Our author Hannah Newbery met him for an interview after the lecture and talked with him about home, flight, integration and Der letzte Granatapfel (The Last Pomegranate), Ali’s first book to be published in German.

by Hannah Newbery
24.10.2016

FLAX – Foreign Local Artistic Xchange. A Mentoring-Programme for Refugee Artists and a Network for Cultural Collaborations

Top local artists provide one-to-one support to creative artists who have fled their homelands.

by Rebecca Ellsäßer
07.07.2016

The Refugee Student Scholarship Network

The Refugee Student Scholarship Network gets involved (via individual sponsorships) in the funding of scholarships offered by an American-German liberal arts college (Bard College Berlin) for up to 20 young refugees.

by Marion Detjen
16.06.2016

From a Meat Grinder to the Aleppo Supper Club

The dream of opening up a restaurant – Marion Detjen on one Syrian family’s long struggle to get a foothold in Berlin.

by Marion Detjen
20.05.2016

Event

17.05.2016

Thinking Beyond „Crisis“ – Symposium in Berlin

Historians, artists, journalists from all backgrounds will, together with unaccompanied Afghan minors, try out ways of speaking, to overcome the „crisis“- and „emergency“-imaginary that is dominating the discourse on migration ...