Support the Supporters
a new start — together
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any cultural producers with a forced migration background face problems when starting or continuing their professional career in a new country - not only due to social differences, but also due to the lack of know-how within a specific system.

Support the Supporters is a career development programme tailored to the needs of Berlin-based art practitioners with a forced migration background, aiming to support their professional development through coculture’s resources and infrastructure.

Subprojects

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Open Calls

LOOK UP 2021
Artist Line Up

We are excited to announce the selected for Look Up 2021, a collaborative visual arts mentorship programme are:

Bahzad Sulaiman, a performance maker and visual artist from Syria, now residing in Germany, who “believes that cultural heritage is an excellent way to promote social inclusion and community empowerment.”

Parham Ghalamdar, an Iranian-born painter and researcher based in the UK. “During my residency I will train an AI engine to study flags of different countries to create new ones belonging to no country. My work will be a study on borders, sense of belonging, diversity, technology, and science-fiction”.

Rita Adib, a multi-disciplinary artist also from Syria, now residing in Germany, who believes “in the importance of creating site specific work that can spark a conversation, engage and provoke the public.”

Ally Zlatar, a lecturer in Philosophy, History and visual culture, originally from Canada, now residing in Scotland, who says, “Especially after the pandemic, mental health needs to be looked after now, more than ever. Mental health can be interpreted in so many ways during this project in relation to these themes and I would love to divulge into this project with mentors and peers to create some very interesting work.“

The selected mentors for the programme, who will be guiding these artists through the residencies and creative processes, include Rachel Dobbs and Adam Broomberg.

Produced by ArtReach, as part of the Liberty EU project and Journeys Festival International. Hosted by Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, and coculture, Berlin, Germany.

INSTAGRAM: @coculture.de @aspexportsmouth @adambroomberg @racheldobbs1 @bahzad_sulaiman @ritaadib @parham.ghalamdar @allycardone

TWITTER: @coculture_de @aspexportsmouth @AdamBroomberg @RachelDobbs1

FACEBOOK: @coculture.de @aspexportsmouth @bhzad.suliman @adam.broomberg @rachel.dobbs.451 @rita.adib.35 @someaddresshere @ally.cardone

https://www.journeysfestival.com/single-post/lookup2021


LOOK UP 2021
Artist Line Up

We are excited to announce the selected for Look Up 2021, a collaborative visual arts mentorship programme are:

Bahzad Sulaiman, a performance maker and visual artist from Syria, now residing in Germany, who “believes that cultural heritage is an excellent way to promote social inclusion and community empowerment.”

Parham Ghalamdar, an Iranian-born painter and researcher based in the UK. “During my residency I will train an AI engine to study flags of different countries to create new ones belonging to no country. My work will be a study on borders, sense of belonging, diversity, technology, and science-fiction”.

Rita Adib, a multi-disciplinary artist also from Syria, now residing in Germany, who believes “in the importance of creating site specific work that can spark a conversation, engage and provoke the public.”

Ally Zlatar, a lecturer in Philosophy, History and visual culture, originally from Canada, now residing in Scotland, who says, “Especially after the pandemic, mental health needs to be looked after now, more than ever. Mental health can be interpreted in so many ways during this project in relation to these themes and I would love to divulge into this project with mentors and peers to create some very interesting work.“

The selected mentors for the programme, who will be guiding these artists through the residencies and creative processes, include Rachel Dobbs and Adam Broomberg.

Produced by ArtReach, as part of the Liberty EU project and Journeys Festival International. Hosted by Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, and coculture, Berlin, Germany.

INSTAGRAM: @coculture.de @aspexportsmouth @adambroomberg @racheldobbs1 @bahzad_sulaiman @ritaadib @parham.ghalamdar @allycardone

TWITTER: @coculture_de @aspexportsmouth @AdamBroomberg @RachelDobbs1

FACEBOOK: @coculture.de @aspexportsmouth @bhzad.suliman @adam.broomberg @rachel.dobbs.451 @rita.adib.35 @someaddresshere @ally.cardone

https://www.journeysfestival.com/single-post/lookup2021


Fellowship

We strongly believe in facilitating knowledge and skill sharing. One component of our Support the Supporters project is utilising our experience and infrastructure to support up-and-coming artists to come to Berlin from the MENA region. Our fellowship program offers support both with artistic advice and practical support navigating the complexities of German bureaucracy. To realise this sub-project we are collaborating with the Martin Roth Initiative who is supporting us to host artistic fellows.

We collaborated with a Libyan artist, Tewa Barnosa, from early 2019 until summer 2020.

We are currently working with six artists and musicians based across the MENA region on a virtual residency with the Martin Roth Initiative.

Mentorship

The Mentorship program is a career development programme tailored to the needs of Berlin-based art practitioners with a forced migration background, aiming to support their projects and professional development through sharing coculture’s expertise, resources and infrastructure. We want to build up the capacity of participants to enable them to realise their artistic and cultural projects.

Our mentorship programme is precisely customised to the personal needs and possibilities of each participant, offering not only a space for the creation of one’s own initiatives and institutions, but also tangible solutions for their development.

Michèle Brand

project development

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