Cultural identities and identity groups are components of social coexistence; they are meant to constantly evolve. They dissolve over time, can be reproduced, and be created anew. They are shaped by different lifestyles, experiences and stories. Only one thing is certain: identities are not stable. They change during the course of a lifetime, and sometimes during the course of one single experience. Consequently, cultural identities reveal—through relevance in both modern and postmodern contexts--the importance and benefits of development and support for intercultural social relations.
Heinrich-Böll-Foundation asked three female illustrators to take an artistic approach to the concept of cultural identity based on their own lifestories.
We would like to invite you to the opening of the Group Show „Atelier Identity“ on Friday, May 26th at 6pm. We'd like to create a discussion space for each of the artists’ responses to IDENTITY. The author Senthuran Varatharajah has been invited to provide a political commentary. Come, bring your questions, and let's celebrate Diversity!
Since completing her Architectural Studies degree in Switzerland, Bibizizi has been working as a storyteller and illustrator in Lausanne. With a critical approach to Stereotyping, Bibizizi’s main focus is geographic socialization. Born in Istanbul and raised in Moscow, Tehran and Geneve, she currently resides and works as an artist in Lausanne.
The Hamburg artist and illustrator Moshtari Hilal focuses on gender and identity in the context of political othering as well as beauty ideals. Hilal uses her own subjectivity as the main source of inspiration for decoding mainstream imaginations of beauty and rejecting the universality of the eurocentric ideal.
Tasnim Baghdadi lives and works in Münster. She experiments with traditional visual art and contemporary media. Her main source of inspiration is cultural history. She understands art to be a multidisciplinary interaction of many factors, which she ultimately uses to reclaim her „hybrid identity“ as a Muslim artist.