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You
. are interested in the connection between society, politics and contemporary art?
. are currently re-orienting yourself, want to gain practical experience, try something new or get into doing something (again)?
. want to strengthen voices that stand up for a fairer world with good living conditions for all?
. write German at least at level B1 and are not afraid of computers?

unofficial.pictures
. was founded in 2016 by documentary photographers Frieder Bickhardt and Rafael Brix with the aim of telling the private and political through photography and film
. aims to create empathy and understanding beyond social groups and milieus and thus reduce discrimination
. develops exhibitions, books, newspapers and films and repeatedly empowers other people in workshops to use these approaches for themselves and their concerns
. has realized over 40 projects to date thanks to repeated project fundings
. plans to open a Community Art Center in Suhl in Thuringia in May 2024, where art from various disciplines can enter into dialogue with local people and initiate change

In a federal volunteer service at unofficial.pictures you can
. get to know exciting artists and their way of working
. use and develop your organizational skills
. improve our presence on social media and on the web
. come into contact with many different people
. learn what else is needed for art to enter into dialog with people
.in Suhl: be there live during the development of our Community Art Center

From us you will receive
. pocket money, which you can usually earn without any deductions in addition to Bürgergeld or AsylbLG
. a room in our guest apartment in Suhl if required
. feedback on your own artistic projects if desired

We currently have vacancies from March/April 2024 in Suhl and from August/September 2024 in Leipzig!

Write us an email right away, telling us who you are and what interests you about us. Then we can get to know each other as soon as possible and discuss any questions.

Magazine release – »von hier«

We’d like to invite you to our magazine release with reading!
In the photography and text workshop with John Sauter and Frieder Bickhardt in Leipzig, 7 participants dealt with origins and identities, East German and (post)migrant perspectives, portraits and interviews and developed a cool magazine together.
Meet the authors for the release – on February 17 from 7.30 pm at Galerie KUB, Kantstraße 18, Leipzig!
Supported by: Fonds Soziokultur

Photo: Klara Kaori

We are opening a Community Art Center and are looking for … maybe you?

Even if it still looks wild now, we want to open the Community Art Center Suhl under our direction in these premises once the renovation is complete in spring 2024. Community art is art for dialog and change on topics that concern the local community. This means that we will invite even more artists from other disciplines to engage with Suhl. All of this is made possible by funding from the Freudenberg Foundation, which is collaborating with the Kunst & Demokratie association to take the COMMUNITY art CENTER mannheim concept out into the world. They are supporting us and two other locations financially and by providing advice.

With so many new projects, we would also be delighted to have some support in Suhl. There is still a vacant volunteer position available there, which has recently been extended with the opportunity to stay in our association’s own apartment for the duration of the volunteer service. You can find more information about it on our website. Just send us an e-mail if you are interested – and please spread the word!

New newspaper from and about Suhl-Nord

About a year after the first photo-text newspaper “Suhl-Nord – Aus unserer Sicht” (Suhl-North – From Our Perspective), the second edition has now been produced in a workshop in the fall and winter. Under the guidance of Rafael and documentary filmmaker Luisa Bäde, four people who have either lived, currently live, work or are interested in Suhl-Nord have pursued their very personal perspectives and interests and brought them into a 40-page form in images and text.

Desireé Röhlig processed the decline of the neighborhood in which she herself grew up in many satirical classified ads. Kristin Neubecker staged herself in various empty spaces in Suhl-Nord, creating a visual story about hope and leaving that can also stand for other places – she herself grew up in Hoyerswerda, where Neustadt underwent a similar development to Suhl-Nord. In a personal text, Sami Said reports on everyday racist life in Suhl – and that the relatively deserted Suhl-Nord is a place of retreat for him. That is why his photos of places where something happened to him do not show Suhl-Nord. Finally, Frieda Müller documented both the results and the process of difficult research. She wanted to find out who Klaus-Peter Kühn was, who was murdered at his home in Suhl-Nord in 2012. As a second project, she also set up a place where people can mourn the disappearance of the neighborhood.

The resulting newspaper will be presented to the public for the first time at the Kulturbaustelle Suhl on January 17 from 7 pm and we will give an insight into the working process and the results. There will also be a concert with the Noizy Mindz. You can pick up the newspaper free of charge on site or order it online for shipping costs only.

We look forward to browsing, listening, chatting and toasting together!

Open Air exhibition launched

Last Saturday we personally presented our Open Air exhibition as part of our project “Suhl-Nord – In discussion again” to all interested people.
Where once many people lived in prefab buildings, the 15 construction fence tarps now offer a place in Public Space for Remembrance and Conversation on the current state after the great Transformation, which the residential area has undergone. We hope they stand for a long time and spark a conversation or two. The project is supported by Fonds Soziokultur and Heidehof Stiftung.
All content is from the newspaper, which you can order at www.suhl-nord.de or view online. In fall, we plan to create a second edition in a new workshop. We would like to take a closer look at why Suhl Nord has developed the way it has, and what the future could look like. If you are interested in participating, feel free to get in touch already – or subscribe to our newsletter.

Frieder’s exhibition on show in Hoyerswerda until 17 April

Since 16.3. the large format photographs of the exhibition »Komplex : Heimat« by Frieder are hanging in the castle and city museum of Hoyerswerda – hand printed in 80×100 by Barbara Thiel and in great wooden frames by Isaak Broder.

Frieder’s images are accompanied by a text booklet that provides context for all the photos and points out connections to other events. As mentioned in the last newsletter, the topic is how Saxon identities are constructed.

You can view the exhibition until April 17. For the finissage we have come up with something special: on Sunday, April 16 at 3 p.m. we invite you to join us in a conversation over coffee and cake. Please register by April 13 at 03571-20 937 500 or info@museum-hy.de if you would like to participate. UPDATE: canceled due to a lack of registered participants

For those who can’t make it to Hoyerswerda or who already want to get an impression, you can find the photographs in small format and the texts on our website. Also if you want to buy a C-print (edition 2 + 1 AP), you will find the information there.

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Open-air exhibition and project presentation in Suhl

The date for the opening of the open-air exhibition on Suhl-Nord is now fixed. On 13 May from 16 o’clock we will meet in our rooms in the medical center Suhl-North. Then we will go together to the surrounding abandoned areas, where thousands of people used to live in the apartment blocks. We show pictures and texts from the newspaper “Suhl-Nord – From our point of view” on construction fence tarps there.

On June 15, starting at 6 p.m., Rafael will also present the project in the former plenary hall of the New City Hall in Suhl. The event is part of the supporting program for the opening of the well-travelled touring exhibition “Two German Architectures 1949-1989”, which will probably remain in Suhl at least until the end of the year.

Complex : Homeland” – from 16.3. in Hoyerswerda and soon at your home?

“We Saxons, we are bright, the whole world knows that! And if we are not bright, then we have pretended”, so says an old Saxon proverb. Where does the still widespread idea come from that the Saxons are different or even better? Why does it need that? What does it mean for coexistence if we repeatedly distinguish ourselves from “the others”? Who is involved in the construction of Saxon identities? (more…)

Suhl-Nord newspaper is going well – exhibition starting in May

Already on the 30th of November of the year that has come to an end, Carlotta, Frieder and Rafael, together with the five participants of the workshop in the Suhl-Nord project, were able to present the newspaper that was created in the process – many thanks to the band without a name that spiced up the evening. The Kulturbaustelle Suhl was filled almost to the last seat and since a report in the local newspaper Freies Wort many more people asked for a newspaper there. And although we should have put a newspaper in the mailbox of all residents of Suhl-Nord, even now, on sunny days, several copies are still going away in front of our office. But we were also thrilled how motivated all participants stayed with the project and that we created such an exciting print product with so many different photographic and textual approaches in such a short time together. Big thanks also to Büro 222, who put the finishing touches on the layout. (more…)

City Plaza project becomes a book

Those who have known us for a long time may remember the project »City Plaza – Story of an Appropriation«. From 2016 to 2019, up to 400 refugees, local activists and international volunteers lived together in a former hotel in Athens. During several visits, Frieder photographed residents and rooms of the house with a large-format camera. At the same time, together with Xiafou Wang and Claude Somot, he distributed point-and-shoot cameras to residents, who used them to document their everyday lives. From the collection of over 7000 photographs as well as interviews and texts from other participants, Frieder is now working on a photo book – accompanied by many photo book experts in a year-long program organized by Brad Feuerhelm of “Nearest Truth”. At the end he will search for a publisher with a so-called dummy!

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