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Research & Exchange Project 2022

Visualisations of 20th Century Forced Migrations – Transnational Memory in Pictures and Art

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Project Idea

Visual evidence of forced migration can be found everywhere in the once multi-ethnically populated regions and cities of Central and Eastern Europe. Searching for and interpreting them together is a crucial task to better understand and expand the visual memory of this painful chapter of European history.

The educational project "Visualisations of 20th Century Forced Migrations" offers an opportunity for an artistic exploration of historical sources and for the production of artworks that enhance public visibility of these events.

Who we are looking for:

We are looking for young artists and professionals under the age of 35 interested in the complex histories of European regions affected by forced migration. Areas of interest and expertise may include history, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, journalism and the arts.

Applicants are asked to formulate an artistic or documentary project aimed at exploring and visually documenting traces of forced migration. This year we will focus on the context of Second World War and the time period of 1933–1949.

When we designed this project, we could not imagine that war was to return to Eastern Europe in 2022. Against this background investigations into the violent past of these regions may well contain references to the present.

Projects may analyse and/or artistically interpret vestiges of forced migration in the form of:

  • documentary and press photography (private and professional)
  • artistic photography
  • film stills
  • propaganda images
  • graphic novels or comics
  • drawings, posters, graphics, collages, paintings

What do we offer?

Participants will receive a lump-sum project grant of approximately 600 €. During the project they will also receive input and support by expert scholars and artists.


Introductory Seminar – June/July 2022 (29/06-02/07/2022)

The project will kick off with an interdisciplinary workshop in Berlin. Participants will be introduced to scholarly and artistic methodologies dealing with visual testimonies.

For a lecture on Visual History we were able to welcome Annette Vowinckel (Humboldt-University Berlin). The award-winning blogger Irina Peter will work with the participants under the title "Public History - Public Relations and History Mediation on Instagram and Other Social Media". A visit and discussion of the permanent exhibition of the Documentation Centre Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation is also part of the programme.

The participants will get the opportunity to present, discuss and review their project ideas. This will be followed by a period of individual study and work.

Presentation Seminar & Project Results – (17/11-19/11/2022)

A presentation seminar will take place in Wrocław/Breslau. Here participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their projects. Results will be made available online. Participants will present their visual results and produce short written reports.

Artistic accompaniment

The seminars, the participants and the entire project are accompanied by Katarzyna Sagatowska. Katarzyna Sagatowska is a curator, lecturer, project manager, artists representative, art market expert, art advisor and photographer.

How to apply?

The deadline for the application will be 1st June 2022. Please send the following documents to Vincent Regente, at: as a single pdf file:

  1. name, address, date of birth, e-mail, university/institution (if applicable)
  2. one-page CV
  3. project description (500 words max.)
  4. statement of interest (500 words max.)
  5. an image related to the project with a brief explanation (3 sentences max.)

By applying, you agree to the conditions of participation.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

You will receive notification about your application by 10 June 2022. Please keep the seminar dates free, as participation is mandatory.

You can find possible examples of projects here.

Project results

The results of our project and the individual participant projects are presented on the website of our project partner and on our YouTube channel.


The events took place under the Covid 19 infection control measures in force on site at the time.


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Houseball is an 11-metre-high sculpture by sculptors Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen in Berlin's Mitte district. It is located on Bethlehemkirchplatz in front of the office of the Deutsche Gesellschaft e. V.

The sculpture is roughly spherical and represents a household tied together in a bundle and contains various furniture and other objects.

Houseball symbolises the Prussian ruling house's idea of tolerance and the suffering of the Protestant exiles from Bohemia who were expelled from their homeland for their faith in 1737 and settled in Berlin.

Directly in front of the Houseball is the ground plan, laid out of cobblestones of the former Bohemian Bethlehem Church, which was demolished in 1963 due to severe war damage.


Contact person:
Dr. Vincent Regente
Head of Department EU & Europe
Tel.: +493088412288
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A Project of European Network Remembrance and Solidarity and Deutsche Gesellschaft e. V.

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Supported by:

Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien - Logo logo bkge

Further partners:

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