Get to know the newcomers, activists and volunteers we met in Athens, Berlin and London, as they share their personal experiences of refuge, welcome and the digital city.
An Arabic library in the heart of Berlin — this is a political project just by its very existence! It’s also a project of identity, of narrating ourselves differently, as newcomers to the city, not as what the media like to label us — refugees or whatever. We are new to the city, and we are creating new things in Berlin. This is a library where the newcomers have become the hosts.
You have to fight the media. I mean, this library can be described so differently depending on who writes the story. This is why we try to use our own platform on Facebook to talk about the library on our own terms and we’re very selective about interview requests. When people support a creative project because it is for or by refugees, even though it helps to spread the word, it disrespects the creative act itself. We want the initiative to be judged on its own merit, on the cultural value of its experimentation.