Our friend Said Dokins started a European Tour! Here you can find some photos of the European tour in places such as IBUG Festival, in Limbach (Germany) with the work “The Hidden Text”, Oberfrona and at OpenSpaceGallery (Freiraumgalerie) in Halle:
This year, IBUg Festival took place in a small textile factory in Limbach, abandoned just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The project “The Hidden Text”, attempts to elaborate a reflection on history and the marks that certain events leave behind. In Germany, the former division remains there in a different way, it’s visible through architecture, people’s life style, economy, or even social control and politics.
In Halle, another connotation is added to the project. It is an abandoned neighborhood, that is going through a recovery process. OpenSpaceGallery has created a recovery program through art, creating murals among other strategies of neighborhood improvement, which favor dialogue with the community, and also elaborate participative prognosis, where the inhabitants share their needs and inquiries.
Currently, their going through a stage of building community gathering places, including a park, music jams, discussion spaces, and the most important of all, they are creating strategies to avoid this improvements to led to gentrification, by intercede in public policies so the inhabitants can afford to buy their houses and improve them.