Creativity for Survival

Written by Josefine Berkholz on . Posted in Displacement, Topography of Memory

The recent history of Iraq is marked most outstandingly, by tragedy. War, invasion, occupation and inner conflict have displaced thousands of people and cost countless lives. But in addition to the horrific effects on personal fates and social structures, the recent history of violence also left it’s marks on the milleniums-old cultural heritage of the country.


The Baghdad based Ruya foundation has declared it’s aim topromote culture in Iraq at a time when priorities are focused elsewhere“. Ruya was founded in 2012 by author and historian Tamara Chalabi, advocate Reem Shather-Kubba and investment manager Shwan Ibrahim Taha and is a non-profit NGO focused on contemporary culture. They promote and support young Iraqi artists, who often have very limited access to the international art scene, providing funds and exhibitions.

Short Films on the Topics of Displacement

Written by Josefine Berkholz on . Posted in Displacement, Events

The 7th Which Human Rights Festival by Documentarist Istanbul is screening a selection of short films around the topic displacement.     


Within the frame of the human rights film festival Hangi Insan haklari? (Which human rights) -  taking place in Istanbul from December 5th to December 9th – documentarist is presenting a selction of films produced within a workshop series organized by the InEnArt team in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut under the title Searching Traces.

Ante-Chamber to the Living Room

Written by Maximiliane Schneider on . Posted in Displacement

A Brief Assessment on NGO’s Doing Work for Syrian Refugees – A Report Review


Zümray Kutlu recently published the report From the Ante-Chamber to the Living Room. A Brief Assessment on NGO’s Doing Work for Syrian Refugees – a work piece, which is a joint project of the Open Society Foundation and Anadolu Kültür. As the title already makes clear, the paper gives a modest overview on the current state of Syrian refugee work done by NGOs in Turkey; more preciously the focus within this work is set on Syrian refugee work done outside of refugee camps. The figures – also mentioned in the

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