THE HOUSE OF THE 28 DOORS

 

July 24th – August 10th 2014

 

 

The artwork THE HOUSE OF THE 28 DOORS by the Berlin- Dresden artist group BEWEGUNG NURR ( Florian Göpfert/ Alekos Hofstetter/ Christian Steuer) deals with the situation of migrants and refugees who come to Europe under the most difficult circumstances and deprivations in search of a decent life- particularly focused on those who have come to Germany and Berlin.

 

It is dedicated to all those people who became refugees due to the destruction of their basic existence in their home countries, environmental disasters as well as unjust economical and trade conditions. Many of those die at the external borders of the European Union; others reach European territory but find themselves stuck in the perpetuity of the improvised system; and only few actually get the chance of a fresh start.

 

In October 2013 when, off the island of Lampedusa, hundreds of refugees died whilst yet one more boat was sinking, the survivours experienced little or no support or solidarity from the European Union.

 

These dreadful events are evidence for the need for a radical rethinking of German and Union-wide asylum policy. Already refugees gave their demands for decent living conditions for asylum seekers in Germany a new shape with the March to Brussels and the protest at Oranienplatz, thus being in the public eye.

 

 

The Artwork

 

THE HOUSE OF THE 28 DOORS multi-functional architecture is designed to be a stage and a room for communication: The sculpture consists of 28 lined-up doors that symbolize the 28 current countries of the European Union, encompassing a large room. Whereas the sculpture seen from the outside seems to be hermetically sealed, the transparent roof construction opens up the architecture towards the sky. Within the rotunda’s architecture the distinction between inside and outside, between within the European Union and beyond its borders, between successful and unsuccessful escape manifests. Inside, three personal stories of refugees currently living in Berlin are shown on three monitors. The video installment links the individual memory of the refugees with the question of what role the continuing refugee crisis has in collective European memory. The doors must be opened!

 

Foto: Robert Sokol
Foto: Robert Sokol

 

INTERIOR VIDEO INSTALLATION

 

Inside THE HOUSE OF THE 28 DOORS, three personal stories of refugees currently living in Berlin are shown on three screens. In the course of the video interviews, they talk about their personal experiences of migration as well as the fate of family members, friends or acquaintances who have died on their escape to Europe.

 

This video installment inside THE HOUSE OF THE 28 DOORS links the individual memory of the refugees with the question of what role the continuing refugee crisis has in collective European memory. This context is a problem as policy can of Since policy can reinterpret particular information by revoking right of access, not only regarding previous knowledge banned in the media, it may also cause the complete eradication of this knowledge in society.


 

Foto: R. Sokol
Foto: R. Sokol