[ Workshop ] “Ich heisse Vögel” – Zürich, Aug 2015


A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be part of this workshop:

“Ich heisse Vögel”

Summer workshop for refugee minors from the MNA Asylumzentrum Lilienberg
Project by Paloma Ayala, Julia Weber, Nina Wilimann, Flavio Cury and Alejandra Jean-Mairet
The present educational program is about searching for artistic and creative solutions to build objects with a concept that focuses on connecting people to places and to other beings, especially designed for individuals that during their lifetime have experienced the loss and change that immigration represents.
It was done as a three-day workshop from 10th to 12th of August, 2015, together with children and teenagers that have moved alone as refugees to Switzerland and that now live in the MNA Asylzentrum Lilienberg in Affoltern am Albis.
During workshop time, the young participants had the chance to practice different modes of artistic research and expressions. They used expressive tools like inventing stories, painting or making drawings (paint on big panels) to tell new stories about objects, and how they think their own future will be.
The objectives were:
– Recycle!
– Bring ideas of recognition of the here and now, and relate it to personal visions of the future.
– Express and materialize the participant’s needs and dreams.
– Emotional empowerment for the participants
– Build community among them
– Raise awareness to the situation of unaccompanied refugee children and
teenagers that live in Canton Zurich.
The objects made during this workshop will be presented in a cultural event in Zürich called “Zürich Zusammen in die Zukunft”, organized by Verein ExpoTranskultur and GZ Buchegg and schedules on 26th and 27th of September, 2015, in Brache Guggach.

Text by Paloma Ayala

[ Inter / Action ] Visual debate “Transformation”, 2012

Visual debate “Transformation”, Zurich 2012


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This action was done during my MFA studies at the ZHdK for the course “Drawing and painting strategies”
We were asked to create a visual debate

Our idea was to carry the debate through actions. To be experimental and process driven.

For the venue we chose a sandbox in a playground. An open public space, to give chance to the unforeseen.

Actions and agents
– First agents of change, action: us, coming with a proposal, modifying the usual state of the sandbox by appropriating the space playing there and creating new elements.
– Second agents of change, reaction: the recipients, in this case the children. what kind of interaction will happen? how will they react to us, to the elements?