A project about migration and communication.
The book “Tales from one and a thousand nights” is a collaboration between Vanessa Macholz and Kristin Trüb. It deals with the experiences, hopes and fears of refugees. The trigger for the project was the European migration crisis in 2015.
Around 1 million refugees came to Europe in 2015. Never before have so many people crossed the border in search of help. Germany in particular was the target of many refugees and took an important position in Europe. The fate of many people is still uncertain to this day. There is still no concrete position for the EU in dealing with or distributing refugees. People are still dying when trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.
The Greek island of Kos became the starting point for this project. The first encounters took place at the port of Kos, where many refugees landed. Questions were raised: Where do they all come from, where do they all want to go - what does this mean for us? "They", however, have lost everything. Strangers that many in Europe are afraid of, are forced to cope in a foreign country. They are not here voluntarily, have lost their homeland, are partly traumatized by war and death and now have to fight against lack of understanding or rejection.
The project “Tales from one and a thousand nights” brings together stories, impressions, experiences and feelings from a wide variety of people. People who are refugees, people who work with refugees or people who flee from everyday things - fascinated by the foreign. The project is the track of the context between escaping, strangers, isolation, self-knowledge and communication. Based on the question of the extent to which we as designers or creatives can help to improve the misguided communication between different cultures with our work.
awarded by the DDC, German Designer Club, 2018