Art and Archives
Cologne-Beirut Residency Program
Open call for proposals

The juries evaluated the applications and selected the residents for 2015


The open call for the program, running for the third time in 2014, received a great interest among artists in both countries. A number of qualified applications were presented to the juries in both countries. Two residents for the 3 months residency in the respective cities were chosen in winter 2014. Alia Hamdan, a choreographer and experimental dancer, was invited to come to Cologne for the period between the 1st of April till the 30th of June 2015. Therese Schuleit, a German audio artist, was also awarded with the scholarship and is expected in Beirut between the 15th of April till 15th of July 2015.

The main focus of “Art and Archives” residency program are archival practices related to contemporary art creation. Both awarded artists proposed in their applications art works based on selected content of archives and aspects of the socio-historic contexts of the respective cities. Building up relations to documents, testimonies, records and other non-fictional input from Lebanon and Germany were other highlighted topics. Both residents are expected to present their works in Beirut and in Cologne within the year 2016.

Within the evaluation process both juries composed of renown experts and representatives of the partner institutions pointed out a remarkable pre-research showed in applications of both residents, an individual approach and professional artistic/ literary tools as well as a strong local components of their deliberate projects.


Alia Ahmdan Born in Beirut in 1979, Alia travels after high school to France to study both contemporary dance and philosophy. From 1999 to 2005, she completes dance trainings in the Conservatory of Montpellier and the National Choreographic Center where she trains and performs with Monnier, Jobin, Ribot and Tompkins. She attends various workshops and receives scholarships amongst which the “Danceweb” in 2003 (Impulztanz dance festival, Vienna). In parallel to dance, she completes in France two masters degrees, one in Philosophy (Sorbonne) and the other in Urban Studies (Nanterre). In 2005, she returns to Beirut and works as an urban researcher, focusing on urban reconstruction and urban legislation issues. In 2004, she creates her first choreographic project, “When the HOLIDAY INN Became Again” (Beirut), where she performs for and with a building, connecting dance to the urban traces of war. Since 2011, Alia shifted all her productive powers and focus to choreography, by engaging in a PhD research on the encounter of choreography with other fields of thought such as philosophy and cinema (Paris 8 university). Her performance “Someday” (2011, Bipod, Beirut) explores cinematic images specifically designed for the stage and in relation to performative gestures. She is currently writing a choreographic movie and teaching Esthetics at ALBA University in Beirut.

 
 
 
 

Therese Schuleit
studied audiovisual Media, comparing Literature and Illustration in Cologne, Firenze (It) and Mainz. In 2008 she finished her Master at the Academy of Media Arts in the field of Urbanism and Sound. Since then her work explores the intersections of sound and space. In collective interventions she worked togehter with Raumfaltung, Mühlenkampf and Innen. The Festival for Applied Acoustics is a collaborative independent festival she initiated with Echo Ho and Elektronentoto is her open platform for curative projects, open calls and open formats and workshops in sound and digital arts. Since 2014 she is board member of Opekta Ateliers. Her artistic work revolves around the perception, material, acoustic description of spaces and its inhabitants. Mixed media installations & situations, fringing contrasts and critcal materials concerning orientation and spacial constants.
 

 

 

  TEASER

 
Open call for residency in Cologne, Germany and Beirut, Lebanon
 
Along with their partners, the cities of Cologne and Beirut invite artists of all disciplines to apply for a residency program in the arts. The call is open to visual artists, writers, musicians, curators, filmmakers, art researchers and other related practitioners of the arts. The duration of the residency will be three months.
 
Applicants are requested to present a proposal for a project inspired by archival practices related to the creation of contemporary art. The endeavor will be realized during the three-month residency. Should additional time be required, the project may be completed during the four-month period following completion of the residency. The selection process will focus on the applicant's proposal, her/his motivation to work within a socio-historical context and the breadth of the applicant's previous experience.
 
 
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE COLOGNE RESIDENCY
 
NAME OF RESIDENCY:
Art and Archives: Cologne-Beirut Residency Program
 
DATE OF RESIDENCY:
April 1 – June 30, 2015 (three months)
 
SERVICES PROVIDED:
Accommodation in Cologne, Germany
Round-trip air transportation
Scholarship valued at USD$4,995 (paid in installments based on the scholarship contract)
Language assistance in Cologne to facilitate archive research
Visa fees and compulsory health insurance are not covered (applicants must apply individually for the visa; with help from the residency organizers).
 
Only one applicant will be selected.
 
APPLICATION DATES:
Application submission deadline: October 23, 2014.
The selected candidate will be announced on the UMAM Documentation & Research website and on the Arab Image Foundation website by November 30, 2014 (the selected candidate will be informed separately).
 
THE CALL IS OPEN TO:
Lebanese art practitioners of all disciplines including visual artists, writers, musicians, curators, filmmakers, art researchers and other related practitioners.
 
GENERAL INFORMATION:
Cologne is among Germany's most active cultural locations. Many of the artistic pursuits that take place in Cologne focus on the city's challenging past, specifically the Second World War and Germany's Nazi period from 1933 – 1945. A broad range of research-oriented and artistic activities will be carried out during the residency, and artists are encouraged to form their interpretations of local history accessible to the public through initiatives in the arts and culture.
 
Artistic practices in Lebanon have often focused on the country’s historical legacies —especially Lebanon's civil war— and relevant perspectives are also frequently drawn from political and social violence, reconstruction and cultural activism, as well as the impact these areas make on the country's postwar cultural scene. These unique frames of reference shall constitute a point of departure from which the artist can discover and interact with similar activities in Cologne.
 
This residency aims at advancing artistic practices related to the archive, and promoting exchanges between the two regions.
 
FRAMEWORK:
The residency in Cologne will be divided into three periods:
 
April 1 – 15, 2015: Introduction to Cologne's cultural scene and existing archives; public presentation of the artist and her/his work within the context of the residency.
 
During this phase, the program partners will work closely with the artist and propose an intensive schedule of visits and events, to be developed based on the preferences of the artist.
 
April 16 – May 13, 2015: Firsthand access to Cologne archives, including those related to the Nazi period (NS-DOK) and the city's archive. Countless unique documents, testimonies, films and audio records are available.
 
During this phase, the artist will work with a language & archive assistant, and will have the opportunity to engage in various relevant activities carried out by the partners or other actors. The resident would be expected to carry out daily in-depth research activities.
 
May 14 – June 30, 2015: This period will be dedicated to conceiving an artistic project based on the materials consulted.
 
During this time, artists will have access to the archives; however, no particular activities will be planned.
 
Near the end of the residency period, a preliminary public presentation of the outcome will be delivered by the artist and hosted by one of the partner institutions in Cologne.
 
The artist will be expected to present the work in Beirut and in Cologne within the year 2016. The final project must be submitted to the project partners by November 30, 2015.
 
Production costs associated with this exhibition may be provided under exceptional circumstances and after the matter is considered by the jury. However, the amount involved will not exceed USD $4,000 and will be confirmed depending on the current budget situation of the program.
 
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must submit a general description of the project to be pursued during the residency. In addition, applicants who highlight particular reasons for applying to the program and who demonstrate an ability to work cooperatively with the partner institutions in Cologne (below) will be given additional consideration.
 
The primary focus of the project to be pursued during the residency should be inspired by archival practices related to the creation of contemporary art. Applicants are free to propose a piece of work based on selected content from the Cologne archives. Building relationships with documents, testimonies, records and other nonfiction materials from Lebanon is also very much welcome. Ultimately, the proposal submitted should present a convincing approach for the residency but might also be redefined according to the experiences gained by the artist during the residency.
 
Experience in archival practices in contemporary art is welcome but not required. It is strongly recommended that applicants highlight their interest in and motivation for the research practices proposed by this program.
 
The resident artist will be expected to sign a residency contract, which specifies his/her contributions and commitments within the scope of the program.
 
Knowledge of the German language is not required.
 
APPLICATION FORM:
The application should include the following information:

1. Name
2. Date of birth
3. Country of residence
4. Nationality (ies)
5. Discipline
6. General project description and residency aim (max. 900 words)
7. Samples of work or portfolio (PDF, no larger than 2 MB)
 
Complete applications should be submitted by email to:
AND
 
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARTNERS:
· The City of Cologne (EN):
 
·  UMAM D&R/ The Hangar (EN):
 
· Arab Image Foundation (EN):
 
·  RheinEnergie Foundation Culture (DE): http://www.rheinenergiestiftung.de/kultur/
 
· The National Socialism Documentation Center in Cologne (EN):
 
The Museum of the History of National Socialism in Cologne (NS-DOK) was founded in 1987 and is located in the EL-DE building, which served as headquarters for the Gestapo (secret police) in Cologne from December 1935 to March 1945. The building's "holding area" includes numerous examples of prisoner wall inscriptions and became a memorial site in 1981. The permanent exhibition "Köln im Nationalsozialismus" deals with political and social life in Cologne during the Nazi period. NS-DOK is devoted to commemorating the victims, researching Cologne's history during that period and imparting related knowledge to the public.
 
In particular, Cologne's NS-DOK focuses on the various methods used during detainee questioning and ensuring that Cologne in particular and Germany as a whole remains sensitive to the country's Nazi past by engaging in collective reflection. In that vein, NS-DOK often works cooperatively and hosts artistic events associated with this topic such as exhibitions, performances, public readings and many other endeavors. It also organizes related outdoor activities in the arts, civic involvement and education. Thanks to the broad network it has developed, NS-DOK has become one of the most important centers for artists and activists mindful of interpreting creatively the Nazi past and the war's past.
 
In addition to hosting that portion of Cologne's archive dedicated to political, economic and civic life within the city and throughout the region during the Nazi period, NS-DOK also documents contemporary events related to memory of the war. In doing so, it takes the lead in a variety of educational programs and research efforts focused on the region's neo-Nazi movements.
 
·  BBK-Köln, The Federal Association of Artists of the Fine Arts (DE):
 
Bundesverband Bildender Künstler Köln – The Cologne branch of the Federal Association of Artists of the Fine Arts is a member of Germany's largest professional association for those involved in the fine arts. At the federal level, BBK-Köln represents fifteen state associations along with their district cooperatives.
 
The Cologne branch of BBK-Köln hosts art exhibitions on a regular basis. It is among the most active of the city's art institutions and has an established, professional network that extends equally to the artist community and general audiences. It has gained invaluable experience in culture and art through its long-term and very productive association with the City of Cologne.
 
On the local and federal levels, BBK-Köln supports the following aims:
- Improving the promotion and support of arts and artists;
- Achieving political codetermination via advisory boards and cooperative groups of experts;
- Facilitating the creation of new enterprises in the fields of art and culture; and
- Promoting education and knowledge about the visual (and other) arts.
 
CONTACT:
Requests for information regarding the application process should be addressed via email to the program director, Mr. Stanislaw (Stan) Strasburger at artandarchives@umam-dr.org or artandarchives@fai.org.lb.
 
 
 

 

ART AND ARCHIVES - COLOGNE-BEIRUT RESIDENCY PROGRAM

 

The juries evaluated the applications and selected the residents for 2014
 
The open call for the program, running for the second time in 2013, received a great interest among artists in both countries. A number of qualified applications were presented to the juries in both countries. Two residents for the 3 months residency in the respective cities were chosen in winter 2013. Siska (Elie Alexandre Habib), an experimental filmmaker, was invited to come to Cologne for the period between the 1st of April till the 30th of June 2014. Doris Frohnapfel, a German visual artist, was also awarded with the scholarship and is expected in Beirut between the 14th of April till 13th of July 2014.
The main focus of “Art and Archives” residency program are archival practices related to contemporary art creation. Both awarded artists proposed in their applications art works based on selected content of archives and aspects of the socio-historic contexts of the respective cities. Building up relations to documents, testimonies, records and other non-fictional input from Lebanon and Germany were other highlighted topics. Both residents are expected to present their works in Beirut and in Cologne within the year 2015.

Within the evaluation process both juries composed of renown experts and representatives of the partner institutions pointed out a remarkable pre-research showed in applications of both residents, an individual approach and professional artistic/ literary tools as well as a strong local components of their deliberate projects.

Siska (Elie Alexandre Habib) was born in Beirut Lebanon in 1984, graduated from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts ALBA in Beirut with a master degree in cinema studies and film directing. Now he lives with daughter and wife between Beirut and Berlin. Siska was one of the pioneers in the Beirut graffiti scene, as a former member of the Hip-hop group "kitaa Beyroute", he produced music, and performed live on stage for more then seven years. Since finishing his music carrier, he collaborated in many experimental film productions and contemporary art venues where he developed new approaches to his practice. Siska's body of work has two strong features, coming from film making and working in archive and experimental use of analogue film material, at the same time having a strong site specific feature in his works that he usually develop exclusively for the respective location. A general interest of his is to insert the imaginary and surreal element in realistic, mundane circumstances.

 
 
 
 
 
Doris Frohnapfel studied Fine Art at the University of Applied Arts in Cologne and Architecture at the RWTH Aachen. 1994 she was ganted the Chargesheimer-Prize for Photography/ Film/Video of the City of Cologne, from 1998 to 2005 she held a professorship in Photography at the National Academy of Arts in Bergen, Norway. Doris Frohnapfel’s works are established on the margin of being documentation of a real place or existing person and of being a photographic abstraction. However, the aesthetisation of what has been discovered remains in the background. Be it in photographs, sculptural artworks or video films, Doris Frohnapfel attempts a reconstruction of the past, tracks down sediments of history, instigates an archaeology of society and describes the other side of things without demonstrating it explicitly.

The “Art and Archives. Cologne-Beirut” residency program was made possible by an unique cooperation of the following institutions: Culture Commissions of the Municipality of Beirut and the Municipality of Cologne, UMAM Documentation and Research, RheinEnergie Stiftung, Federal Association of Visual Artists - Cologne Branch and Center for Nazi-Documentation of the City of Cologne. The program is being implemented under the patronage of the German Embassy in Beirut. “Art and Archives. Cologne-Beirut” was designed and is curated by Stanislaw (Stan) Strasburger.
 
More information can be found here:
(in English) http://www.umam-dr.org/template.php?id=17
(in German) http://www.stadt-koeln.de/5/kulturstadt/kulturfoerderung/10670/
For contacting the artists or any additional information, feel free to address the program under: artandarchives@umam-dr.org.

 
Open call for proposals
 
Along with their partners, the cities of Cologne and Beirut invite artists of all disciplines to apply for a residency program in the arts. The call is open to visual artists, writers, musicians, curators, filmmakers, art researchers and other related practitioners of the arts. The duration of the residency will be three months.
 
Applicants are requested to present a project inspired by archival practices related to the creation of contemporary art. The endeavor will be realized during the three-month residency. Should additional time be required, the project may be completed during the four-month period following completion of the residency. The selection process will focus on the applicant's proposal, her/his motivation to work within a socio-historical context and the breadth of the applicant's previous professional activities.
 
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE COLOGNE RESIDENCY
 
NAME OF RESIDENCY:
Art and Archives - Cologne-Beirut Residency Program
 
DATE OF RESIDENCY:
April 1 – June 30, 2014 (three months)
 
ELEMENTS PROVIDED:
Accommodations in Cologne, Germany
Round-trip air transportation
Scholarship valued at USD$4,995 (paid in installments based on the scholarship contract)
Language assistance in Cologne to facilitate archive research
Visa fees and compulsory health insurance are not covered (applicants must apply individually for the visa; with help from the residency organizers).
 
Only one applicant will be selected.
 
APPLICATION DATES:
Application submission deadline: November 10, 2013.
The selectee will be announced on the UMAM Documentation & Research website by November 30, 2013 (the selectee will be informed separately).
 
THE CALL IS OPEN TO:
Lebanese artists of all disciplines including writers, musicians, curators, filmmakers, art researchers and other related practitioners.
 
GENERAL INFORMATION:
Cologne is among Germany's most active cultural areas. Many of the artistic pursuits that take place in Cologne focus on the city's challenging past, specifically the Second World War and Germany's Nazi period from 1933 – 1945. A broad range of activities are being carried out during this initiative, and artists are encouraged to make their interpretations of local history accessible to the public by utilizing the arts and culture.
 
Artistic practices in Lebanon often focus on war—especially Lebanon's civil war—but relevant perspectives are also drawn frequently from political and social violence, reconstruction and cultural activism, as well as the impact these areas make on the country's postwar cultural scene. These unique frames of reference should become a point of departure from which the artist can discover and interact with similar activities in Cologne.
 
This residency is dedicated to encouraging participants to share their professional experience, enhancing their knowledge by engaging in archival research and introducing them to a unique area of inspiration for new artistic pursuits.
 
FRAMEWORK:
The residency will be divided into three periods:
 
April 1 – 15, 2014: Introductions to Cologne's cultural scene and the archives and a public presentation of the artist and her/his work within the context of the residency.
 
This phase will proceed according to a schedule maintained by the program, which will include daily activities. A detailed agenda will be developed based on the preferences of the artist in charge.
 
April 16 – May 13, 2014: Firsthand access to Cologne archives, including those related to the Nazi period, NS-DOK and the city's archive. Countless unique documents, testimonies, films and audio records are available.
 
This phase will proceed with the assistance of a language & archive assistant and will include a host of daily activities.
 
May 14 – June 30, 2014: This period will be dedicated to conceiving an artistic project based on the materials consulted.
 
During this time, artists will have access to the archives; however, no compulsory activities are planned.
 
Near the end of the residency period, a preliminary public presentation of the outcome will be delivered by the artist and hosted by one of the partner institutions in Cologne.
 
The selectee will be expected to present the work at UMAM Beirut and in Cologne within the year 2015. The final project must be submitted to UMAM by November 30, 2014.
 
Production costs associated with this exhibition may be provided under exceptional circumstances and after the matter is considered by the jury. However, the amount involved will not exceed USD$4,000.
 
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must submit a general description of the project to be pursued during the residency. In addition, applicants who highlight particular reasons for applying to the program and having the ability to work cooperatively with the partner institutions in Cologne (below) will be given additional consideration.
 
The primary focus of the project to be pursued during the residency should be inspired by archival practices related to the creation of contemporary art. Applicants are free to propose a piece of work based on selected content from the Cologne archives. Building relationships with documents, testimonies, records and other nonfiction materials from Lebanon is very much welcome. Ultimately, the project submitted should incorporate a convincing framework for the activities in Cologne but might also be redefined according to the experiences gained by the selectee during the residency.
 
Experience in archival practices in contemporary art is welcome but not required. At the same time, it is strongly recommended that applicants highlight their interest in and/or motivation for the research practices and framework of this program.
 
The resident artist will be expected to sign a residency contract, which specifies the selectee's contributions and commitments within the scope of the program.
 
Knowledge of the German language is not required.
 
APPLICATION FORM:
The application should include the following information:
1. Name
2. Date of birth
3. Country of residence
4. Nationality (ies)
5. Discipline
6. General project description and residency aim (max. 900 words)
7. Samples of work or portfolio (no larger than 2 MB)
 
Complete applications should be submitted by email to:
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARTNERS:

          Open Call for applicants from Germany (DE):
          http://www.stadt-koeln.de/5/kulturstadt/kulturfoerderung/10670/

  • The National Socialism Documentation Center in Cologne (EN):
    http://www.museenkoeln.de/ns-dokumentationszentrum/default.aspx?s=315 
    The Museum of the History of National Socialism in Cologne (NS-DOK) was founded in 1987 and is located in the EL-DE building, which served as headquarters for the Gestapo (secret police) in Cologne from December 1935 to March 1945. The building's "holding area" includes numerous examples of prisoner wall inscriptions and became a memorial site in 1981. The permanent exhibition "Köln im Nationalsozialismus" deals with political and social life in Cologne during the Nazi period. NS-DOK is devoted to commemorating the victims, researching Cologne's history during that period and imparting related knowledge to the public.
     
    In particular, Cologne's NS-DOK focuses on the various methods used during detainee questioning and ensuring that Cologne in particular and Germany as a whole remains sensitive to the country's Nazi past by engaging in collective reflection. In that vein, NS-DOK often works cooperatively and hosts artistic events associated with this topic such as exhibitions, performances, public readings and many other endeavors. It also organizes related outdoor activities in the arts, civic involvement and education. Thanks to the broad network it has developed, NS-DOK has become one of the most important centers for artists and activists mindful of interpreting creatively the Nazi past and the war's past.

    In addition to hosting that portion of Cologne's archive dedicated to political, economic and civic life within the city and throughout the region during the Nazi period, NS-DOK also documents contemporary events related to memory of the war. In doing so, it takes the lead in a variety of educational programs and research efforts focused on the region's neo-Nazi movements. 
  • BBK-Köln, The Federal Association of Artists of the Fine Arts (DE):
    http://bbk-koeln.de/
    Bundesverband Bildender Künstler Köln – The Cologne branch of the Federal Association of Artists of the Fine Arts is a member of Germany's largest professional association for those involved in the fine arts. At the federal level, BBK-Köln represents fifteen state associations along with their district cooperatives.

    The Cologne branch of BBK-Köln hosts art exhibitions on a regular basis. It is among the most active of the city's art institutions and has an established, professional network that extends equally to the artist community and general audiences. It has gained invaluable experience in culture and art through its long-term and very productive association with the City of Cologne.

    On the local and federal levels, BBK-Köln supports the following aims:
    - Improving the promotion and support of arts and artists;
    - Achieving political codetermination via advisory boards and cooperative groups of experts;
    - Facilitating the creation of new enterprises in the fields of art and culture; and
    - Promoting education and knowledge about the visual (and other) arts. 
CONTACT:

Requests for information regarding the application process should be addressed via email to the program director, Mr. Stanislaw (Stan) Strasburger at artandarchives@umam-dr.org.

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ART AND ARCHIVES - BACKGROUND


The Cologne-Beirut Residency Program dates to 2010 and is rooted in the artistic explorations of Stanislaw (Stan) Strasburger, a Polish writer and culture manager who lives between Cologne, Beirut and Warsaw. His original intent was to create opportunities for other artists by introducing them to the inspiration behind his own work, which focuses on collective memory links between Cologne, Beirut and Warsaw—the latter of which will be included in the program sometime in the future. Fascinated by the unusual connection and the broad cultural horizons involved, Stan has dedicated himself to the creation of a unique program through which he can share his endeavors with the members of the artistic and literary communities in the two countries. The program offers art practitioners, authors and curators a residency that includes a specific approach—the use of archival assets—to the program and exhibition that follows. The residency encourages artists to explore different models with which one can represent artistically the complex and often repressed experiences of urban societies. The cities associated with the project—Cologne, Germany and Beirut, Lebanon—reflect its conviction that sharing cross-cultural experiences will open new horizons to all involved, an interchange that is conspicuously absent in intra-culture debates.

 

ART AND ARCHIVES – LEARNING FROM, APPLYING AND EXPRESSING COLLECTIVE MEMORIES


The program contributes to the professional development of the selected participants by introducing them to new, archive-inspired artistic practices and applying them to the sociocultural environments from which they emerged. Thus, the experience adds a unique, research-based approach to the classic art residency. Through the artists' work and the opportunities they receive to exhibit their efforts, the program reaches a wide audience concerned with collective memory in their respective communities. Further, it facilitates a broader understanding of one's own history by comparing and contrasting it with the experiences of others.
 

ART AND ARCHIVES - PARTNERS


Art and Archives cannot be mentioned without first considering the assistance provided by its two primary partners, UMAM Documentation and Research (UMAM D&R) in Beirut and the National Socialism Documentation Center (NS-DOK) in Cologne. Both institutions are dedicated to the preservation of artifacts and testimonies associated with the relatively recent sociopolitical past of the urban communities involved. Moreover, both aim to make a lasting impact on collective memory and awareness vis-à-vis the cities' respective histories, particularly their wartime experiences. Without the enthusiastic support of these outstanding partners, Art and Archives could not have become a reality. In addition, we are proud that our support team includes the Cologne branch of the Federal Association of Artists of Fine Arts. The involvement of that association stems from the fact that NS-DOK specializes in documentation rather than art. Interestingly, the role played by UMAM D&R, which is engaged equally in both fields, helps provide a crucial balance.

The Lebanese Ministry of Culture, followed by the Culture Commission of the Municipality of Beirut and the Department of Art and Culture within the City of Cologne were among the first institutions to show enthusiasm for and a willingness to help establish the local links and networks needed to implement the program. Both understood and shared an important aim of the program: to seek the assistance of and contributions from not only private but also municipal institutions. This request was based on the conviction that Art and Archives will not only impact the cultural scenes in Beirut and Cologne, but also the residents of the two cities. Therefore, contrary to the way similar projects are developed, securing the involvement of the two municipalities involved was crucial, and the program's organizers are proud to welcome both as active and committed partners.

International projects that focus on culture depend on generous sponsors that understand the impact such projects will have on society and are willing to provide support without any expectation of commercial benefits. Apart from municipally oriented funding for Art and Archives, the organizers are indeed grateful for the support provided during the program's pilot phase (2012) by the Heinrich-Boell Foundation, Middle East. In 2013, we welcomed Germany's RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur foundation as our primary financial partner for the Cologne side.

In addition, Art and Archives has received substantial support from the German Embassy in Beirut. Particularly when the organizers faced administrative or financial difficulties, the Embassy always demonstrated its willingness to broaden the program's network and to offer assistance in overcoming these organizational shortfalls.

And last, a number of individuals in Lebanon and Germany encouraged Stan's careful development of the program's content and advised him to persist in his efforts to achieve its implementation despite being confronted initially by seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Understandably, the program owes a debt of gratitude to each of those persons. We certainly hope they take great pride in Art and Archives since without their contributions, the program would not have become a reality.

 

 

 
 
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