»Beyond the borders – exploration amongst the forgotten refugees of the South Caucasus«
Opening & Introduction (in English): Monday, May 23, 2016, 18:30-19h
Exhibition: May 24 – 29, 2016
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8-20h, Sat 9-18:30h, Sun 9-13h
From September 2014 to February 2015 Jan Zychlinski travelled through the South Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan) to document the fate and living conditions of refugees from the conflicts after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In several previous visits to the Caucasus he encountered again and again people who had been forced to leave their villages and towns in the wake of armed conflicts after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Many of them still live in camps, collective centres or partly in newly built settlements away from the rest of society.
In the exhibition and a book, these people and their stories are representative of millions of other “forgotten” refugees and goes beyond the daily reports of ever new refugees.
About the artist
Born in former GDR/East Germany in 1961.
Born in 1961 in Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz) in the former GDR/East Germany
Studied History / German Philology and, after the end of the GDR, Social Sciences and Social Work.
For more than 15 years activities in Social Work, Urban Development, flood relief projects in East Germany and after the tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Since 2007 a lecturer in Social Urban Development at the Berner University of Applied Science, with additional focus on social photography. Self-taught photographer.
In the last years a lot of visits in the South Caucasus. Workshops and lectures at Universities in Tbilisi, Yerevan and Baku and a Documentation about the living conditions of Refugees and IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons ) in that Region.
From 2014 on-going trainings and workshops with IDPs in Ukraine.
Eine Ausstellung im Rahmen des 5. Europäischen Geschichtsforums der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.