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.
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.
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.
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.