Shifting Identities

Shifting Identities is a project about collecting stories and to tell stories through drawings by Christine Saalfeld. The focus of the project is the Middle-East and different systems of values and beliefs. 

How much do we know about the Middle-East and how much do people from the Middle-East know about our way of living? What is connecting us and what pushes us further apart?
In summer 2019 Saalfeld first had contact with the association Mesela. The association Mesela promotes the exchange and networking of artists in Switzerland and the Middle East. It networks the knowledge and skills of professionals in art, architecture, and restoration. The association implements cultural projects involving the local population in the Middle East and Switzerland. 

Within the project, different aspects of cultural narratives and the culture of remembrance will be investigated. The collaboration between artists and local people is a key issue. The concept of the project is based on the idea, that for many people, parts of their identities and the way they understand themselves come from the struggles and challenges they have endured. Existential life experiences such as illness, poverty, or exodus become the guiding star of their existence and their actions. 

AZC Rotterdam, 2020

The project allows people to share and tell the stories of their lives in different ways. As human beings, we are wired to connect to others and to be recognized and understood by others. This is a basic human need. It makes visible what is invisible. 

The project weaves together many different aspects of life – and cultural concepts – into a multifaceted story. The project is intended to show a larger picture of who we are.

The project is in collaboration with Stichting Stad-Nomaden.

Concept: Christine Saalfeld