Open Call Refugee Monument

Open Call for a Refugee Monument in Berlin


On the occasion of ‘2.Berliner Herbstsalon’ exhibition at ‘Palais am Festungsgraben’ organized by Maxim Gorki theatre in Berlin, the members of Anonymous Stateless Immigrants (ASI) are invited to make a new work on a similar topic to one of its previous works: ‘Anonymous Stateless Immigrants Pavilion’ in Venice.

ASI Proposal:

‘Anonymous Stateless Immigrants’ will initiate a Refugee Monument in Berlin through an ‘Open Call’ to design the monument.

ASI wrote a text about the Refugee Monument in Berlin as well as an ‘Open Call’, which appoints Maxim Gorki Theater to organise a submission process, welcoming anyone to participate and submit ideas.

Refugee Monument Berlin

Monuments and memorials are typically state commissioned assignments given to artists and architects when there is a political need for a statue or a symbol to shape collective memory and consciousness. It’s common practice for the members of the monument committee to preselect and invite artists to apply with their ideas. Later, an appointed jury selects the winner. But can members of the public, or artists themselves decide on the necessity of a monument and consequently make the monument?

‘Anonymous Stateless Immigrants’ will initiate a Refugee Monument in Berlin through an ‘Open Call’ to design the monument. The Refugee Monument is for the victims of border controls. The asylum seekers and refugees, their existence, their lives, their subjectivity, and especially, their ideas and dreams, which were unwanted, illegalized, unfinished and unrealized due to a collective rebuff of other nations.

ASI would like you to consider and reflect on the questions below in your proposals:

•      We are witnessing at the moment an increasing numbers of people seeking asylum and refuge. How can we remember this period in the future? Could it be commemorated with a conventional monument or do we need a counter-monument?

•       How can the monument change as our memory changes? What kind of monument can stay in touch with current and future issues of asylum seekers and refugees?

•       What materials can be used to memorialize the asylum seeker’s constant transitional journey and live?

‘Open Call’:

Submit your idea for a ‘Refugee Monument’ in Berlin. Ideas could consist of a short text, drawing or photograph (limited to a A4 size only). Applicants can submit more than one idea.

All the ideas will be printed or directly submitted on an A4 transparent sheet.

The proposals will be on display in the exhibition space of the ‘Palais am Festungsgraben’ dring the exhibition ‘Berliner Herbstsalon II’. Members of public will be able to see and display the sheets on overhead projectors provided in the exhibition space. For the whole duration of the exhibition members of the public are invited to continue adding to the accumulating archive of unrealized proposals for a refugee monument – using the space and facilities made available in the exhibition space.

By entering a submission to the Open Call the respective writer transfers an unlimited right of publication and usage of the latter to ASI for the purposes stated on the Open Call. The copyright remains with the respective writer. ASI retains the right to refuse submissions that contain any hate speech and/or any other contemptuous content.

Starting date: 6 Oct. 2015
End of Online submission date: 13.11.2015
2. Berliner Herbstsalon exhibition website:
Application form:
Email contact:statelessimmigrantspavilion(at)riseup(dot)net

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  1. Otto Bufonto
    October 20, 2015

    After Napuli Paul Goerlich, a refugee from Sudan, climbed on the Sycamore tree on Oranienplatz and did a 5-day hunger strike, she achieved that the district gave permission to the Refugee Protest to use a space on Oranienplatz. The use of that space has since gone through some changes. Structures were built and then burnt by Nazis. Seven months ago, it was decided by Napuli Paul Goerlich, a group of refugees who are connected to the O Platz protests, activists and the artist Stefan Roloff to build a “Nazi-proof” refugee monument on Oranienplatz (symbol of the refugee protest). This monument is now past planning, in its preparatory stage. We invite you to support it and join us in its realization. During the months of preparation we realized that it can only be built through a process in which the refugees themselves decide what it should be. That process already happened and the design of the monument is a result of it. Napuli and Stefan have written a letter to your committee (via the application form e-mail). We hope that you’ll honor and join our endeavor.

    • ASI
      October 28, 2015

      The more monuments and actions to think and talk about monuements for refugees the longer the life of memory.

      We support your initiative and will help you if you need us.

  2. vravra
    October 27, 2015

    This project so misses the point of everything that’s important right now.
    You wanna get engaged in the refugee struggle? Get informed about what’s happening in the city, talk to people, organise, common and struggle together. Don’t encourage artists (the prime subjects of this city!) to just reproduce themselves as artists (and further their career no less on the backs of the refugee struggle). How about shedding your artist cape to come down to the streets and shelters and join in as a person?!
    I call for a refugee movement instead of a refugee monument!

    • ASI
      October 27, 2015

      Dear, we are also refugees and immigrants who work as artists. Wherever we are, we are in the same struggle!
      Our call is open to everyone and not only artists. We don’t want this project to be for artists carrier but an activism about memory and memorials for what is happening now regarding refugees, immigrants and xenophobia.

      In our opinion, an action in public space will be a better monument than a fix statue.

      We love your text ” Refugee Movement instead of Refugee Monument”. Can we add it to our archive?

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