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Workshop: You & I – We Are Not So Different





From the 10th to the 11 th of  November 2017, Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. organised a zine workshop entitled ‘You & I – We Are Not So Different’ within the framework of the European project ‘You are Welcome’ and ‘Metamorphosis. The Human Stories.’ – a cooperation between Armenia, the US and Germany.


The zine workshop was held at Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Dresden and led by Ass. Prof. Mariana Smith (Stockton University, USA), the German artist Stephanie Lüning (Hfbk Dresden, Germany), and the Armenian artist Eva Harut (HfBK, Dresden, GER). The participants, coming from all over the world, created ‘Art zines’. These mini hand-made magazines, or zines, were based on collage and drawing and allowed each workshop participant to create and tell a story.


Mariana Smith highlighted the purpose of the zines: the zine crafting session facilitated the story-telling process and demonstrated clearly that what really matters is sharing our stories together. The participants sat around tables covered with different kinds of magazines and newspapers and could create their own zines, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.


Once the first folding was done, the zines were covered with photos, drawings and writing. At the end of the session, each zine was opened, scanned and printed and was given to each participant as a souvenir and as a reminder of the pleasant, collective afternoon they had spent together. Each participant could present their zine and share their stories with the rest of the group. Some really interesting and touching zines were created during the workshop, but above all the most important part of the session was that everyone had the chance to share their stories.


Workshop leader: Prof. Mariana Smith (University Stockton, USA), Stephanie Luening (HfBK Dresden) Eva Harut (HfBK Dresden)


This workshop took place within the framework of the You Are Welcome project.


Intercultural Art Workshop
Festspielhaus Hellerau
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56
01109 Dresden




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