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    Project idea

    Visual evidence of forced migration can be found everywhere in the once multi-ethnic regions of Central and Eastern Europe. Documenting and interpreting this evidence is a crucial task in understanding and expanding the visual memory of this painful chapter of European history. 
    The educational project 'Visualisations of 20th-century Forced Migrations' offers an opportunity to explore historical sources creatively and to produce artworks that enhance the visibility of these events to the public. 

    Who we are looking for

    We are looking for young artists and professionals under the age of 35 interested in the complex histories of the European regions affected by forced migration. Areas of interest and expertise may include history, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, journalism and the arts.
    Applicants are asked to formulate an artistic or documentary project aimed at exploring and visually documenting traces of forced migration. This year we will focus on the context of Second World War and the time period of 1933–49. 
    When we designed this project, we could not imagine that war was to return to Eastern Europe in 2022. Against this background, investigations into the violent past of these regions may well contain references to the present. 
    Projects may analyse and/or artistically interpret vestiges of forced migration in the form of:
    •    documentary and press photography (private and professional),
    •    fine art photography,
    •    press photography,
    •    propaganda images,
    •    film stills,
    •    graphic novels or comics,
    •    drawings, posters, graphics, collages and paintings.

    What we offer

    Participants will receive a lump-sum project grant of approximately €600. During the project, they will also receive input and support from expert scholars and artists. Organisers cover all costs of participation in the project and seminars both in Berlin and in Poland. 


    Introductory Seminar 29 June–2 July 2022 

    The project will kick off with an interdisciplinary workshop in Berlin. Participants will be introduced to scholarly and artistic methodologies dealing with visual testimonies. They will be given the opportunity to present, discuss and review their project ideas. This will be followed by a period of individual study and work.

    Presentation Seminar and Project Results November 2022 (date to be confirmed) 

    A presentation seminar will take place in Poland, where participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their projects. The results will be available online. participants will present their visual results and produce short written reports. 

    How to apply

    The deadline for the application will be 1 June 2022. Please send the following documents to Vincent Regente, at as a single pdf file:

    1. name, address, date of birth, e-mail, university/institution (if applicable)
    2. one-page CV
    3. project description (500 words max.)
    4. statement of interest (500 words max.)
    5. an image related to the project with a brief explanation (3 sentences max.)

    You will receive notification about your application by 10 June 2022.
    The events will take place under the Covid 19 infection control measures in force on site at the time.


    If you have any questions, please contact or


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    The object chosen to visually represent the project is an 11-metre-high sculpture called Houseball created by artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. It is located on Bethlehemkirchplatz in front of the office of the Deutsche Gesellschaft e.V. in Berlin's Mitte district. Houseball depicts a household tied together in a bundle containing various pieces of furniture and other everyday objects. It symbolises the Prussian ruling house's idea of tolerance and the suffering of the Protestant exiles expelled from their homeland – Bohemia – for their faith in 1737, and who settled in Berlin. The square directly in front of Houseball is paved with the cobblestones taken from the former Bohemian Bethlehem Church, which was demolished in 1963 due to severe war damage.



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