A petrol station in Aleppo, a school in Mogadishu, fortified towers in Damascus: people who’ve fled their countries will often show pictures of what they left behind – yet also of what they’ve found in their new homes. Every picture has its own associations, its own memories, fears and hopes. Model houses lend them shape, allow memories to become tangible.
Over several months, teenagers from refugee centers built model houses: remembered places and buildings that were significant before or while they fled from their homes. Evocative and commemorative, the 130 finished buildings are displayed on roughly 500 square meters.
Andrei Cucu, Frederik Thomsen, Eric Obeth and Matteo Brosette developed a sound concept alongside refugees, under the guidance of Prof. Alexis Baskind and Prof. Tilman Ehrhorn. The sound design allows visitors to immerse themselves in the stories of both houses and their builders, all the while creating a city’s soundscape.
This exhibition was on at Kulturhaus Schlesische27 from the 11th of May through the 5th of June. You can find a description of the exhibition here. Below you’ll find the soundtrack, as well as some photos.