Erde an Zukunft
They come from Afghanistan, Montenegro, Georgia, Germany, Macedonia, Bulgaria or Switzerland: 14 women and eight children show their own paintings in the Lüchower Kreishaus from 17 December to 25 January 2019. These are the visible results of several art workshops that the women's counseling center and the Frauenhaus Lüchow have been offering for about two years to women and children with experiences of violence - financed by donations.
The exhibition's midissage will take place on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 4 pm and will be accompanied by the Georgian musician Bela Gurili. Visitors can also look forward to a small selection of international snacks.
It is often landscapes, flowers or churches that can be seen in the pictures: motifs that give women or children rest or freedom or that remind of the abandoned homelands. Immediately next to it are scenes that show destruction, war and oppression.
"Painting is one of the few opportunities for women and children to change their fate as a refugee and victim of violence to the role of creative artists," explains Birgit Schiemann. Together with Maru Jürgens and Elisa Schwietert the artist accompanies the workshops.
"For the participants, these courses have become an important part of their lives and a great help in their difficult life situations," says Birgit Schiemann, "they express things like 'painting heals my soul' or, it makes me calm and I feel free, if everything gets too stressful '. "
The traveling exhibition, organized by the Women for Women Association, aims to give women and children in other places hope and courage: Painting is one of many ways to regain self-confidence, to strengthen oneself, to go new ways.
The exhibition of the series "KuK - Art and Culture in the Kreishaus" can be seen from Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 4pm and on Friday from 8.30am to 12.30pm.
Admission is free.
About women for women e. V.
The association Women for Women based in Lüchow is the sponsor of the women's counseling center and the women's shelter Lüchow. It was founded in 1987 and has the central task of supporting and advising women in times of crisis as well as offering them refuge.
In addition, the association organizes cultural projects for women and children. For example, the association maintains a collaboration with LEMUSICA e. V. in Mozambique. The association initiated the art workshops for women and children as early as September 2016. Every month there are two workshops for women of five hours each and one to two workshops for children. The courses are free for the participants. They are borne by donations.
The workshops were made possible by donations from the Diakonisches Einrichtungen Wendland, the Caritasverband für den Landkreise Uelzen / Lüchow-Dannenberg, the Stiftung: do, the Bürgerstiftung Lüchow, Bingo Lotto and private individuals.
To continue the art workshops, the association relies on further donations.