„Ich heisse Vögel“
Summer workshop for refugee minors from the MNA Asylumzentrum Lilienberg
Project by Paloma Ayala, Julia Weber, Nina Wilimann, Flavio Cury and Alejandra Jean-Mairet
This workshop was conceived as an educational program. It was about searching for artistic and creative ways to build objects with a concept of focusing on connecting people to places and to each other. It was especially designed for individuals that during their lifetime have experienced the loss and change that immigration represents.
During the workshop, young participants had the chance to try out different modes of artistic expressions. They used expressive tools like inventing stories, painting or making drawings (paint on big panels), building models, tell new stories about objects by doing collage or using photography. The objectives were: – Bring ideas of recognition of the here and now, and relate it to personal visions of the future. – Express and materialize the participant’s needs and dreams. – Emotional empowerment for the participants and to bring the opportunity of creating bonds among them – To Recycle! We used recycled materials, such as wood and cardboard. – Raise awareness to the situation of unaccompanied refugee children and teenagers that live in Canton Zurich.
It was a three-day summer workshop, together with children and teenagers that have moved alone as refugees to Switzerland and that now live in the MNA Asylzentrum Lilienberg in Affoltern am Albis.
The objects made during this workshop were presented in a cultural event in Zürich called “Zürich Zusammen in die Zukunft”, organized by Verein ExpoTranskultur and GZ Buchegg on 26th and 27th of September, 2015, in Brache Guggach.