Exhibition “ArtIsMyLife”


#ArtIsMyLife project | Conference Room, University of Macedonia (July 24-27, open during conference hours)
Artists: Richard Lisakumunu, Momo Pembi,  Zahra Vazifehshenas 

Through the #ArtIsMyLife project, SolidarityNow introduces us 3 artists from Iran and Congo (1 woman and 2 men), whose art is their life. For Zahra, Richard and Momo, Art was and remained their companion throughout their difficult journey. Through art they confess their pain, their wrath, their fears, and their dreams. Pablo Picasso said that “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”. For these 3 artists, Art has acted therapeutically on them; it helped them stand up straight, to try for the best, and dream for a better future.  

#ArtIsMyLife wants to remind us something very important, that in this life nothing has a single dimension. Everything has a complement. No one is just a refugee, or an asylum seeker, or a migrant, he/she is always and something else. He/She may be also a great poet, or a painter, or a writer, or a philosopher and musician.

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Expressive Art Exhibition – Integr’Art

Expressive Art Exhibition – Integr’Art

Resilience, Integration and Advocacy through Art – Expressive Art Exhibition Project

Manolis Anagnostakis Room, City Hall of Thessaloniki (July 24-27)

Open Hours: July 24 18.00-20.00, July 25 10.00-13.00, 18.00-20.00, July 26 10.00-13.00, 18.00-20.00, July 27 10.00-13.00

Samia Lyamouri, Médecins du Monde Switzerland/Greece, Sarah Neusy, Médecins du Monde, Corina Kanistra, Médecins du Monde, Aliki Panagiotidou, Médecins du monde, Maritina Papamitrou, Co-ordinator of Médecins du Monde Greece

Art as an active and resilient response to integration of refugees and host society  in the Greek context

The Expressive Art Exhibition is the reflection of a six months creative journey undergone by 40 artists from Greece, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Eritrea, Bulgaria and Iraq in Northern Greece.  Initiated in the context of psychosocial interventions of Médecins du Monde Greece/Switzerland, this project focuses on revealing the process through which art becomes a key mean and opportunity for the development of intercultural dialogue, of cooperation and integration.

In the past years in Northern Greece, refugees had to face challenges of great complexities, involving sparse living conditions, cumulative trauma situations combined to the uncertainty regarding their future and the urge to integrate in new socio-cultural and labour contexts. Continue reading

Zine Workshop: International Recipes and Migration Stories

Zine Workshop
International Recipes and Migration Stories
This interactive presentation showcases a series of international zine workshops and proposes that this type of workshop can be an effective intercultural community building exercise. 

July 26, 2018
Location: University of Macedonia Gym
Time: 13:00 – 15:00 

Workshop organizers
Mariana Smith
Stockton University; USA
Elizabeth Gerdeman
Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig; Germany
Michael Hahn
Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany
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