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

  • Hope is transformation of life.
  • Here in Germany, my hope has been more than achieved.
  • For us Christian people hope is very important. We are living hope.
  • In my opinion desire meets hope.
  • Hope is my motivation to move on.
  • In my opinion desire and hope are two different things.
  • Hope is something I do expect and what I am waiting for.
  • The Lord is the creator of everything. However, people wish for their children good health, good education, and good behavior.
  • I wish for my child a better life than I have.
  • My hope is to learn German, to get a good education, and to find a job.
  • My hope is to nourish my wife, my children, and myself independently.
  • Everyone has hope on his mind.
  • It is our brain which deals with hope in its thoughts.
  • I am so grateful that I didn’t die in the dessert or on sea. 

Group of women from Afghanistan

  •  I hope that I could stay here. I wish for my children that they could go to school and would receive a good education.
  • I can add something to a wish. Hope is written in the stars.
  • We would like to learn German and to find a job.
  • 5 years ago, we hoped to live in peace, withour war.
  • As a young girl I wanted to become a doctor. I wanted to help other people, but could only visit elementary school. I wanted so much to have a job.
  • When I was a child, there already had been war in Afghanistan. Back then, I hoped that soon war would come to an end. I cannot forget my memories about war.
  • I wanted to visit school, but it was not possible.
  • I hope for my family that Afghanistan would come to a rest. I don’t want that all others to have to come to Germany. In Afghanistan one should live in peace.
  • I wish for myself to educate my children well.
  • I would like to open my own business as I am a hairdresser.
  • I hope I will stay healthy.
  • It is too early for wishes.
  • I wish to become self-employed. That I would become independent from my husband, from my mother, and later from my children.
  • I hope that no one must send their children hungry to bed. No one should suffer from hunger.
  • Trust and a lot of love keep us together, and a common hope holds us together.
  • I hope to receive a residence permit in a couple of years, so that I could visit my family.

Group of men from Afghanistan

  • My hope was tostay in my home country.
  • Hope for protection; no one protected us.
  • Hope for education for our children and wives.
  • I am 38 years old. I was born during war times, and it stil has been war. I don’t know what to hope for.
  • The world is our homeland.
  • We have given up on hope that there would be peace in Afghanistan.
  • We were born again in this country. We have left fear behind us.
  • One can fulfill desires.
  • We came to Germany to fulfill our hope. We also hope that we and our children could give something in return.
  • With hope I rely more on the Lord.
  • As long as I am alive, there is hope.
  • Without hope you cannot achieve anything.
  • We left behind us many threats hoping that our children would have a future.
  • Hope gave us the strength, so we could manage to arrive here so far.

Group of children

  • I hope someone might be good.
  • I hope my uncle would come.
  • I hope we would make an excursion.
  • I hope that Bisam would remain my best friend.
  • I wish Messi would visit me.
  • I wish to become a doctor.
  • I would like to become a police woman.
  • I hope that the sun would shine from Friday through Tuesday.
  • I would like to become a beautician.
  • I wish that my father would become healthy again.
  • I wish my mother would come from Lebanon.
  • I wish that my parents would stay healthy.
  • I wish for my sister to have a dog, and for myself a horse.

Group form Nigerian

  • There are different types of hope.
  • God always gives hope.
  • Hope, wishes and documents are working together.
  • The fulfillment of a desire, that comes early is a wish, if it comes late it is hope.
  • You cannot trust the future, but you can hope on it.
  • Hope is Maybe.
  • One day he will walk on his feet.
  • Hope is, to come here to be secure.
  • For your wishes, you must work.
  • By one day, my hope will come true.
  • Hope is, when you are looking for something that will come later.
  • If you are looking for hope in Nigeria, it will not come to pass.
  • Hope and wishes work together.



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. 

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