A new project has been finished! This time I created four GIFs for the promotion of 'My Stories, My Terms', a workshop created for refugees in Berlin to help them tell their own stories.
Poster design by Imad Gebrayel.
Imad Gebrayel is a fellow Master student at the school where I study, though he studies Graphic Design. He was selected for a residency in Berlin, where he is organising a (free!) workshop for refugees on the 17th of april 2016. He wants to give refugees the opportunity to write and design their own stories. The goal is to initiate an autonomous experience in storytelling where the author is not dependent on media to translate his journey but has the complete control over his past memories and current challenges. I loved this initiative, as I care very deeply about the situation of the refugees and how the media portrays a large role in telling their very personal stories, so when he asked me to create a couple of GIFs for the promotion of this workshop, I couldn't say no!
My personal favourite is the Fernsehturm of Berlin at the top of this post. The only requirement Imad gave me is that the GIFs should correspond with the poster, so I could use only four colours and flat visuals. This only made the process of making them much more fun and challenging!
It breaks my heart when I hear other people say refugees don't belong in our country. As they are fleeing from their homes, I feel they constantly have to break down walls other people build for them to keep them out. It's sad how a lot of people are so scared of people they don't know that they would rather shut them out than help them in times of need. Let's hope this will change soon.
Iris van den Akker