Douglas Paulson & Valeria Mogilevich (USA) // “How to start a Conversation with a Refugee” // July-October 2016

How and what can different generations of refugees, people with migration background but also people who are born in Cologne or moved here from other parts of Germany learn from and with each other?

In order to elaborate on this question, Douglas Paulson and Valeria Mogilevich started with informal interviews wit a range of interlocutors. In a next step an artist book was made from these conversations as a sort of “manual” for different cultures living together. Not only good wishes and hopes made their way into the book but also criticism of and prejudices towards alternative life styles were addressed in this. And one thing is for sure: “Nothing is Normal”.

Douglas Paulson and Valeria Mogilevich presented their artist book during a pluri-lingual reading and consequent discussion.




Termine | Dates

Sonntag, 17. Juli, 12-16 Uhr -> Brunch und Künstlergespräch

Mittwoch, 14. Oktober -> Dinner Party

Samstag, 22. Oktober 2016, 17-21 Uhr -> Abschlussveranstaltung mit einer mehrsprachigen Lesung und Vorstellung des Künstlerbuches im Rahmen der Auftaktveranstaltung der Kunstinitiativen Kölns (Art Initiatives Cologne) ‘AIC on’



Douglas Paulson (*1980, Pennsylvania) completed his BFA at Tyler School of Art in 2003. His work is usually made in interaction with a certain target group and can be defined as social practice arts. Frequent collaborations are with Parfyme, Rancourt/Yatsuk, Christopher Robbins, Eva la Cour, Ward Shelley and Flux Factory. Paulson also teaches at the New School and at Queens Museum in New York.



Valeria Mogilevich (*1982, New York) studied Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. During her eight year work with the non-profit organization CUP she researched for art educational curricula for institutions and High School. Mogilevich also designed solutions for participation and process oriented learning for the New Museum, Cooper-Hewitt, Pratt Institute and other institutions between Indianapolis and Rotterdam.

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