Open Call Integration & Migration 2024

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Open Call Integration & Migration 2024

Exhibition: April 26th - July 12th 2024

Application Deadline: March 22nd, by 12:00

Open to: Artists based in Germany

Accepted media: All

 

The Topic

Migration and Integration—two words laden with complexity, history, and deeply rooted emotions. There is so much misunderstanding on this matter, which unfortunately has become a polarised topic that has caused conflicts and division among countries and families, affecting people quite personally. Despite its historical prevalence, the concept of integration reveals ongoing needs for re-thinking and presents enduring challenges yet to be addressed. In discussions about hot topics like this, there's often a desire for quick fixes. However, migration's millennia-long history reveals how challenging it is to find solutions that are beneficial and healthy for everyone. For this reason, at Kulturschöpfer, we recognize the importance of delving deeper into this topic, which is why we are dedicating the next 10 months to its exploration through exhibitions, workshops, roundtables, and events. We feel strongly that this topic resonates deeply with our identity and aspirations as an organization; therefore, we want to examine it from every perspective.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) defines migration as an umbrella term reflecting the common lay understanding of a person who moves away from his/her/theirs place of usual residence, whether within a country or across an international border, temporarily or permanently, and for a variety of reasons. According to “Migrants, Refugees and Societies World Bank report 2023”, about 2.3 percent of the world’s population—184 million people, including 37 million refugees—live outside their country of nationality. The decisions on this matter both of migrants and host societies have economic and social impacts on themselves, their communities, and their destinations, strongly influencing the development and prosperity of societies of origin and destination. For this to take place in a healthy way,  it requires 'integration'.  It refers to a two-way process of adaptation and acceptance by migrants and local residents, where identifying and respecting a core set of values binds to a common purpose (IOM).

The Concept

At Kulturschöpfer (KS) we want to adopt a people-centric approach that recognizes migrants and refugees as individuals, yet collectively also part of our community,  deserving equal treatment, with identities, traditions, skills, and unique stories. Through two exhibitions taking place this year, we will be looking at four questions we consider to be key when talking about migration and integration: Am I enough? Am I seen? Do I belong? and Who am I?. These are all questions that both the migrant as well as the local residents can and should be asking themselves.

We will first look at these with a lens of deconstruction. When we deconstruct, it helps us to understand each part of the puzzle, by taking it apart a piece at a time, we are able to confront things individually.  Through deconstruction we strive to identify and comprehend the challenges present from all angles, unravelling the layers of prejudice, bias, and misconception that surround migration and integration. In our second exhibition later this year, we will focus on reconstruction—a process of reimagining and reclaiming the narrative surrounding migration and integration.

For our exploration of this immense topic, we are bringing the focus to Germany and our community in Berlin. With more than 830,000 foreign residents from around 170 nations and an average population age of 42.4 years old, Berlin is a diverse, cosmopolitan, and young city. Migration Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), a tool that evaluates integration policies, looks at equal rights, equal opportunities, and equal security for migrants and nationals. In 2020, it showed that Germany is no longer ranked among the top ten countries internationally. However, there have been changes in immigration policies in Germany made earlier this year, which underscores the importance of engaging with this topic in a timely, nuanced, and empathetic manner. While policies may shift, the human experience of migration remains constant—marked by hope and uncertainty.

Furthermore, we recognize the complexity of language surrounding migration and integration, acknowledging certain terms could be seen as problematic. In our exhibition, artists are invited to deconstruct language, aiming for deeper comprehension and reclaiming terms for constructive use.

For our project, we are looking for artists eager to participate in an exhibition that seeks to deconstruct social constructs surrounding migration and integration from their personal perspectives. We fully recognize this topic’s weight, which could cause some people to shy away from it. However, at Kulturschöpfer, we desire to be a place that ENGAGEs in such topics with one another in order to CREATE a space where people are seen and feel that they belong, in hopes that it will INSPIRE others, that our longings for beauty, identity, and community can only be fulfilled when we join in on honest reflection and dialogue.

Our goal is to re-humanize the conversation about immigration and integration, examining our roles and responsibilities in regard to this topic. Through our organization’s ethos, we aim to utilize art as the primary medium for this endeavor. Art serves as a mode of personal expression and communication, paving the way for a more inclusive and compassionate society. To facilitate this transformation, we've curated a set of guiding questions to ignite the dialogue:

  • Deconstruct the terms migration and integration.

  • Does art play a role when addressing the process of integration and dialogue? To what extent can artistic expressions help to build conversations between groups and facilitate encounters between people with different backgrounds living in the same city or neighborhood?

  • What are your thoughts on terminology that is used in regard to this topic (such as expat, migration, immigrant, integration, …)? How has language affected you personally? What could be a better language that could be used instead?

  • In what way do you see integration not happening in communities?  How have you felt not integrated either as a local with the migrant community or a migrant with the local community?

  • What obstacles hinder either migrants or locals from feeling a sense of belonging in these changing communities?

  • Where do you see a lack of awareness in regard to this topic?

  • How are cultural identities not being taken into consideration in regard to integration for either the local or the migrant?

  • How does your personal story connect to this topic?

  • What prejudices and stereotypes have hindered either migrants or locals from feeling seen or feeling that they are enough?

 

Submission details:

The Open Call is open to artists settled in Germany, both Germans and those who have moved to the country. We believe that the participation of people who have moved to Germany and people who have seen and experienced the arrival of other people in their country can enable us to achieve a diversity of perspectives. We would like to represent a wide range of different backgrounds, allowing us also to understand the differences in the treatment of migrants depending on their country of origin. Any art form that manages to tell a story, to generate a dialogue, on the topic of migration in Germany is welcomed.

You can apply and send us your portfolio through the following link:

https://form.jotform.com/220814755439360

The submission deadline is March 22nd, 2024, with the exhibition opening on April 26th and running until July 12th, 2024. Please be aware that since Kulturschöpfer e.V., and by extension the Green Hill Gallery, constitute a non-profit organization, accepted artists will have to take care of the transportation of their artworks and the associated costs.

The Green Hill Gallery Team looks forward to your contributions!

Location: 
Green Hill Gallery, Grünberger Str. 13, 10243
Deadline: 
22/March/2024

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