Les Boutographies Festival
Funded: Doro Zinn
I am nothing of what you are imagining, and much more than you can even imagine.
Leila, Coco, Mohammed and İlhan live in Berlin, between Kottbusser Tor and the tower blocks on the city's outskirts, between gentrification and social benefits. They are the children of Muslim immigrants from Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Palestine. Their parents came to Germany as 'Gastarbeiter' (guest workers) or as refugees. Leila, Coco, Mo and İlhan belong to the first generation born and raised in Germany. Their stories tell of the past and the present, of places of (imagined) existence, of growing up and ultimately of their search for their identity.
Doro Zinn narrates their daily lives via documentary photography and intimate portraits, together with archive material, texts and songs given to her by the protagonists. The result is an examination of the narratives society and the media use towards immigrants and the generations following, as a means of questioning them in a very personal way.
The contribution of Doro Zinn is supported by the ifa exhibition funding.