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Faraway So Close

Press release

Faraway So Close – AArtis in Reidence Program 2016–2020

Said Baalbaki, Catherine Biocca, Yvon Chabrowski, Manaf Halbouni, Kerstin Honeit, Ali Kaaf, Ahmed Kamel, David Krippendorff, Andréas Lang, Beatrice Minda, Peles Empire, Yafei Qi, Henrik Strömberg, Susa Templin, Walter Yu

The exhibition brings all the fifteen scholarship holders together who have been supported by the AArtist in Residence program since 2016. The project, which was co-founded in 2015 by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German foreign minister at the time, and Werner Tammen, chairman of the Galleries Association of Berlin (LVBG), is the first artist residency program in a German federal ministry, and is the first of its kind anywhere in the world. The residency is primarily aimed at artists who come from abroad or who apply themselves to global issues in their work. The program is part of the ministry’s cultural and educational policy that forms the „third pillar“ of German foreign policy next to political and economic relations.