This is the beginning of an interactive and participatory online exhibition that will be developed here from now until the end of 2021.

We will be creating a series of (digital) spaces to enable you to participate in this process. Our aim is to present a complete online exhibition on the topic of forced and mixed migration at the end of the year. This site will also provide a forum for discussion of how we want to shape our lives and communities in an immigration-friendly society.

The German word Heimat functions as a central idea both in political debates and personal identity. This is why we have decided to start with the Heimat-Builder. You can use this application to create your own image of Heimat and present it in the exhibition. We look forward to seeing your pictures.

This online exhibition is based on the live exhibition of the same title: “Arriving. Life after forced migration”.

The exhibition was presented at the Marienfelde Refugee Center Museum from 2017 to 2019 and tells the story of leaving and arriving. It focuses on individuals who fled to Germany.

In video interviews they speak about leaving their country, their hopes for the future and the challenges they face in starting all over.

In 2012, shortly after arriving in Germany, the Gedaev, Ghodoussi and Tello families, as well as Ahmad Barakizadeh, told us their stories. Four years later, in 2016, they appeared on camera again and provided a glimpse into their current lives. Had they settled into life in Germany?
Over the next few months, the eight exhibition films will be presented here in their entirety.

Taking these personal stories as a starting point, the exhibition then shifts the focus to a diverse host society and asks how politics, media and society respond to refugee protection and immigration.

Across the world the number of people forced to flee continues to grow. They seek protection from political persecution, war, discrimination, natural disasters and poverty.

Next to the museum on the grounds of the former reception center for refugees and emigrants from the GDR is a building which today provides temporary housing to people who have fled their countries. Since 2010, it has offered shelter to people seeking refuge from conflict and war.

But what comes next? Who will be allowed to stay – either temporarily or permanently? What are the challenges for new arrivals and those who are already here?

Let’s find out together over the coming months.

Autumn 2021: Launch of digital spaces