The Magazine of Cameo Kollektiv
The Cameo Kollektiv unites newcomers and locals in their editorial team. Recently they moved to a space in the center of Hannover, where the team is preparing the third publication. The next edition of the magazine will be all about ARRIVAL.
“Democracy’s strength lies in the right for everyone to have a voice. Our society’s strength is its growing diversity.”
That is the guiding idea behind the Cameo Kollektiv, an association founded in Hannover. Since 2013, the 17-person collective had been encouraging intercultural dialogue and participation in society through a wide range of projects. Alongside exhibitions and workshops, two print magazines have succeeded in bringing locals and newcomers together.
The third magazine project is currently taking place under the patronage of the journalist, politician and former First Lady Doris Schröder-Köpf. It began in the summer with workshops on journalism, photography and creative writing, led by experienced media insiders from the Hannover region. The aim was to introduce all the many interested participants to the basics of journalism work and magazine design.
In September the project moved to its temporary editorial office in the middle of Hannover. Since then, people with and without experience of flight and migration have been working every weekday from 10 am to 10 pm on the third issue of Cameo magazine. From planning to final editing, from title image to colophon, the magazine is a collective project. The team is supported by an editorial board of eight. They now have several months to gather creative ideas around the subject of ARRIVAL in all its facets. How does it feel to arrive? How do we want to arrive? And where? Following the first open editorial meetings, themes have been picked out of a diverse pool for the team members to work on. Be it with a camera, pen and paper or paintbrush – there are no creative limits for the issue.
Alongside the magazine production, another objective is to develop new ideas – about how we want to live together in future, about current challenges or individual everyday lives. The greatest motivation for everyone involved, however, is talking to one another on a daily basis, instead of talking about each other! The editorial space is evidence of how well that works. From concentrated silence to joint lunch and cigarette breaks to fun and conversation – the (working) atmosphere is always bright and productive, with several languages often heard at once. The office’s location right behind the main station and its open-door policy are also interesting, with both factors ensuring plenty of visitors passing through, new faces with new stories.
To get more involved in the broad spectrum of migration, integration, participation and of course magazine production, the project holds free weekly discussions and lectures in the editorial office for all participants and interested parties. Speakers so far have included Hartmut el Kurdi (columnist and author), Laura Müller (Lower Saxony Refugee Council) and Büro Bordeaux, the design and organization team behind Brasilia magazine.
All Photos: Cameo Kollektiv