48h Neukölln 2022
My interactive peace project for the Art-festival 48h Neukölln takes place in the KulturCafé, where I create a space with paintings on mulberry papers, floating in the air, litho's with ginkgo leaves, birch bark and a young birchtree. In this art-space visitors can wonder and experience peace as in nature. They also can write and paint their own wishes for peace on a paper in form of a ginkgo-leave and tie it to the branches of the young birch. The event is opened by 'Stenga' with Balkan Jazz music.

This peace-project is highly inspired by Etty Hillesum (1914-1943), a young Jewish woman, who lived in Amsterdam, where she wrote her Diaries. At the age of 29, she was murdered in Ausschwitz. Here one of her quotes, that she wrote on September 29th 1942: 'Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will be in our troubled world.'

After the festival the birch, which carried all the wishes of peace during the Art-festival 48h Neukölln, will be planted in a peaceful, wild garden in Angermünde.