...very often journalists are contacting us because they want to write about 'Refugees' in the academic context or how 'Refugees' are living in Germany or even just because they need 'traumatized people' to uplift their story. Of course we deny all of these requests.
- go fuck yourselves !
Now we received a prize and also some money we need to continue our program. And again they also want to write about us but also to film a one shot movie sequence. They came with a very nice and smart attitude but brought us again into trouble because they said: 'we want to produce emotional images with bodies of the students edited with the voice of the Professor'. We told them that`s not how it is going to work. We had a 2 week discussion with them about it. We wanted to have the prize and also the money but of course no one wanted to get framed by the camera as 'Refugee bodies' with a White privileged voice giving the concept behind. They said: 'TRUST US'. But the discussion became very demanding. In the end they agreed that if they are going to film us, we will ALSO FILM THEM. Now we´ve decided to edit OUR material WE have been shooting and combine it with texts spoken by ourselves and relating to the discussion. This whole thing became an installation and exhibited at Berliner Herbstsalon, Maxim Gorki Theatre, 2017: TRUST US
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documentation by Max Grau