TREES OF VIENNA

The trees are quiet observers of our life. They provide oxygen, fruits, shade in a hot day.   Whether we are from Europe or Middle East, from a peaceful region or a war or poverty stroken place, there are certain moments from our life and especially childhood, which we all share. From this perspective, a migrating person is just someone searching for the same calmness and security he or she once had, in the midst of global events. Like a tree, cut out of some of it's roots and replanted in another place. It is a difficult process. Not every tree can adapt easily to new conditions. The project Trees of Vienna is based on interviews with people who had to move and those who helped them in their new home. Some of them did both. The result of this research and dialogues are paintings, texts and photos on a textiles that were shown in Café Prosa, a space dedicated to language and technical courses for refugees in Vienna. The work also includes results of a workshop with refugees from Hotel Favorita, an abandoned hotel that served as a refugee house after 2015- 2016 refugee wave in Vienna.

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