a video installation by *foundationClass, 2017
(4-channel, HD, Video, Audio)
exhibited at the 3. Berliner Herbstsalon, Maxim Gorki Theater
(documentation video by Max Grau)
Very often journalists are contacting us, allegedly wanting to write a story about 'refugees' in the context of higher education, or about how 'refugees' are living in Berlin, or simply because they're looking for some “traumatised” characters to spice up their story.
We usually reject these requests. Go fuck yourselves!
But this time we received an award and it came with a nice sum of money that we urgently needed in order to continue our work. This time they didn't just want to write about us, they also wanted to produce a film. A one shot sequence. They seemed nice enough and even emphatic, but yet again their task was to produce emotional images featuring the bodies of the refugee students, underscored by the voice of the white professor contextualising their movements and giving meaning to the frames.
We told them this is not how it's going to work.
For two weeks we were discussing with them.
We wanted the award. We wanted the money.
But of course no one wanted to provide their bodies to fill those frames.
They said: TRUST US. It will look good.
The discussion became more and more exhausting.
Finally they agreed to film us while WE WOULD FILM THEM.
We decided to edit the material WE shot and combine it with texts spoken by us and relating to the week long discussions we've had.
The whole thing became an installation and was exhibited at Berliner Herbstsalon, Maxim Gorki Theater, 2017: TRUST US
For this collaboration several artists came together: Anwar Al Atrash, Fadi Aljabour, Marwa Younes Almokbel, Aram Al Saed, Mira Debaja, Amel Alzakout, Mohamad Halbouni, Dyaa Naim, Ramin Parvin, Nour Nasreddine, Oula Soleman, Yara Sulaiman, Max Grau, Miriam Schickler, Eva Karduck, Ulf Aminde