Why do refugees* have smartphones and brand clothing?

For the past five years, the refugee debate has been a present topic in this country. Schools, too, now see it as their responsibility to give the debate a place in history and politics lessons and to contextualize it accordingly to their own history. The Hermann Allmers School asked for a corresponding workshop.

Exsilium means either banishment or refuge*. Both terms explain the meaning of exile: people who are in exile live in a country other than their country of origin. They have fled or been banished from their homeland. Many people in Europe had to go into exile between 1933 and 1945 because they did not meet the political, social or ethnic demands of the National Socialists and their allies. Even today, opposition politicians* are forced to flee because they would otherwise be imprisoned or have to fear for their lives. Others leave their country in order to realize their own form of art that does not find an audience in their home country under the political conditions.

People want to stay connected

The school gave the course a long corridor with two white walls about 15 meters long for design. The students* designed a collage of their historically destroyed city of Bremerhaven for one side of the wall and combined it with people connected by telephone in this scenario on the other side. The communication among each other was visualized with long silver stripes that spread like a net over both walls. The duration of the project was one week and was designed for a sixth grade, i.e. 12/13 year old teenagers*.

Project Week Migration and Escape

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