HOPE is hardly to be defined. What do we HOPE for? Does HOPE depend on the country of origin? Our language? Our education? Our faith? Our personal emotions? HOPE IS MAYBE.
Michael Haerteis at COLLABORATIVE CREATIVITY has initiated this public art project in collaboration with Jesuit Refugee Service in Munich. HOPE IS MAYBE is further support through the Chaplaincy at Munich Airport and Misereor Aachen. Based on interviews with asylum seekers, Michael has collected prominent statements that center around these questions. In a next step, artists will choose a citation from a list, reflect on it, and create or share an artwork.
HOPE IS MAYBE will be growing and changing with each new artwork and further interviews, demonstrating its fluency of interpretations. It will first be shown in Munich at the Jesuit Refugee Home and at Munich International Airport. It is scheduled for further upcoming exhibitions and will be accompanied by a catalogue.
The first step for HOPE IS MAYBE is taken now. But to make it become an art exhibition, we are looking for two dimensional works of art that resonate on statements culled from our interviews with asylum seekers. Therefore, we kindly ask you to go through the list of citations, and let yourself be inspired by them. Let the meanings sink into your artistic creativity. Combine them with your own ideas. Weave them into your own artwork. Maybe you already have some artworks, which speak to any of the statements.
Group from Eritrea
Group of women from Afghanistan
Group of men from Afghanistan
Group of children
Group form Nigerian
If you should be interested in submitting work please keep the following in mind: Due to fire protection, we cannot exhibit original artworks. Any submitted art work will be reproduced to meet the requirements of any exhibition location. This might cause a change in scale which has to be accepted. We will try our best to be as true as possible to the original scale but exhibition design might call for some adjustments. Any submittal needs to be digitally transferred to us in highest possible resolution - ideally 300 dpi at original scale. All submitted artworks need to be the sole creative property of the submitting artist. Based on all submittals we will select works of art for upcoming exhibitions. Our selection process will be supported by Stephanie Lyakine-Schönweitz (Cultural Department - City of Munich), Larry Kirkland (artist), Silvia Wienefoet (artist), Mahbuba Maqsoodi (artist), Dieter Müller (Jesuit Refugee Service in Munich), and other art professionals.
If you might be interested in participating in HOPE IS MAYBE, please fill out the form and the legal agreement below. If you know of further artists who might be enthusiastic about this project, please forward this information to them.