Visualisations of 20th Century Forced Migrations – Transnational Memory in Pictures and Art
Visual evidence of forced migration can be found everywhere in the once multi-ethnical regions of Central and Eastern Europe. Documenting and interpreting this evidence is a crucial task to 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. They 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 – November 2022
A presentation seminar will take place in Poland. 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.
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:
# name, address, date of birth, e-mail, university/institution (if applicable)
# one-page CV
# project description (500 words max.)
# statement of interest (500 words max.)
# 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.
The events will take place under the Covid 19 infection control measures in force on site at the time.
Inserent*in: Vincent Regente