Omid - Hoffnung

Photographs by Shirin Abedi and Arasch Zandieh
From 9 May - 27 June 2019
opening hours: Mo - Fr 8:00 - 21:00 Uhr; Sa 10:00 - 18:00 Uhr
admission: free

Opening on 9 May 2019 at 15.00
In the foyer of the Kulturwissenschaftliches Zentrums (KWZ) Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14 University of Göttingen


Prof. Dr. Hiltraud Casper-Hehne (Vice President of the University of Göttingen) | Apl. Prof. Dr. Albert Busch (Dean of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Göttingen) | Prof. Dr. Sabine Hess (Centre for Global Migration Studies) | Minister of Science and Culture Björn Thümler (to be read)

Artist talk with Anne Moldenhauer (KAZ)

The photos were kindly provided by the MediaOffice of the Beschäftigungsförderung Göttingen.

The exhibition is a cooperation of the Göttinger Kommunikations- und Aktionszentrums (KAZ) and the Centre for Global Migration Studies (CeMig).

The exhibition shows works by the two photographers Arasch Zandieh and Shirin Abedi. It is curated by Ammar Hatem, who works at KAZ as Artist in Residence as part of a project sponsored by the State of Lower Saxony.

One part of this project is to organize exhibitions for artists with a migration or refugee background. On the one side to support the artists, on the other side to present interesting artistic positions of immigrant artists in Lower Saxony and thus to draw attention to the quality of the works of these contemporary artists.

The photo exhibition is intended to make a contribution to revising the often one-sided media coverage of (forced) migration. The views of Western journalists on the crisis regions of the world are to be contrasted with the artistic positions of two photographers who themselves have a history of migration and whose portraits deal with people in different countries.

The photo journalist and documentary photographer Shirin Abedi was born in Iran and now lives in Hannover. In her works, she focuses on the stories and emotions of all those who do not live where they were born.

The Göttingen photo and graphic designer Arasch Zandieh came to Germany from Iran as a child with his parents. The portraits selected for the exhibition were created during a six-month journey through Asia. His pictures are intended to draw attention to "the fact that all people - no matter where they come from in the world - have the same basic needs and that everyone has the right to a safe life," says the photographer.

The project is supported by the Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur (MWK) and by the Flüchtlingsfond des Kirchenkreis Göttingen.

Another cooperation partner is the Beschäftigungsförderung Göttingen, which - among other things - designed the poster and the invitation to the exhibition.