Welcome!

Maria Pichel

hola@mariapichel.com

+34 623 12 58 61

https://mariapichel.com

Regina Vitányi

reginavitanyi@gmail.com

+36 70 672 0801

https://reginavitanyi.com

We are Maria and Regina, visual artists participating in Urban Nation Museum's residency program.

We are looking for a collaboration with people of migrant or refugee background. We aim to create artworks which raise awareness and help the understanding of the situation of migration in Berlin.

 

On this website you can read about the details of the colaboration and the project, and if you are interested or have any questions, feel free to reach out to us!

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Open Call

Are you a non-European person living in Berlin?

Were you searching for a house/home here?

Would you like to tell your story?

We would like to hear your experiences, your love or hate stories with Berlin. We will bring together 6-8 people in different focus groups - or meet individually, if you prefer the intimacy of an interview. We hope to share a talk in a casual atmosphere.

The participation is free, and it takes about 2 hours. All the stories will be anonymous in the final execution. We cover your travel costs and provide food and drinks.

The group talk is taking place in our common area at Urban Nation Museum, near Nollendorplatz, in Schöneberg. If you prefer an individual meeting, we are open to meet you at a location you suggest. In both cases, we'll set the time & date when it suits the participants the best.

In exchange of participation, at the end of the project we will gift you a part of the artwork we are creating.

If you are interested, message us at:

hola@mariapichel.com

 
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The location:

The project

In order to be transparent about how the participants' stories will be part of our project, we're sharing details of the expected outcome. We work on independent illustration projects, both of us approach the topic from a different angle. Both projects are part of the Urban Nation Fresh Air programme, financed by Berliner Leben. The programme ends with an Exhibition opening in March.

Maria has background in sociology, and Regina is preparing with the help of migration camp volunteers to make sure the group meeting will be a safe place for the participants to share their stories. We are not asking triggering questions, and pay attention to sensitive topics.

Regina

As a Hungarian, I experienced how my coutry's media never shows the whole story of people going through migration.

 

My project's goal is to show how migration has several different ways, and there are so many feelings and issues the public is unaware of. My project consist of a short zine in which I'll illustrate the stories that our participants chose to tell us. What type of stories they tell depends on them: I will not expect anyone open of about memories which might be painful. The zine will be visual-focused, and the experiences and quotes will be treated anonymously - no representation of the participant's name, face or any personal information.

The zine will be self-published for the residency exhibiton, and not be distributed for profit.

I will also create a series of printmaking graphic artworks, which illustrate the concept of home. They will be less exact, not direct illustrations of the participants' experiences, rather a fine art reflection on the question what makes a place feel like home.

Maria

Finding a house in Berlin has become one of the biggest struggles most people has to face when they move in.

 

But for migrant people this can be even more difficult, pulling themselves in a deeper instability. Finding a house and a place to feel warm and safe is one of the basical human needs, and ‘Where is home’ wants to explore how people found it - or didn't.

My intention with these meetings is to collect some stories and find some home elements in both directions: what did you build here that made you feel home, but also, what is going on around you that doesn’t allow you to feel settled, safe or warm? 

I will transform these elements into illustrations, always respecting the anonymous and privacy of the people interviewed, to build a view of Berlin based in how many ways has people find to live here - even if they could make this city their home or not.

 

About us

Regina

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Maria

I'm a printmaker and graphic designer from Hungary.

I focus on books, zines, letterpress and anything printed. Making the artwork interact with people is one principle of graphic design that I like to merge with my fine art works. I am constantly on the move: I lived in Wrocław (PL), Tallinn (EE) and I am now based in Berlin.

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After 6 years of drawing and painting almost as a self-taught, I'm still finding my own language as an illustrator. I've been really scattered and restless, which I think helps me to be a multidisciplinar and eclectic artist, working different fine art materials as ink, gouache, linoleum printing, pyrography, watercolour and digital art. My background as a Sociologist makes me focus in social issues and communication, nowadays I'm an active collaborator of Femiñetas, a bimensual gender issues newspaper based in illustration and comics. 

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Maria Pichel

hola@mariapichel.com

+34 623 12 58 61

https://mariapichel.com

Regina Vitányi

reginavitanyi@gmail.com

+36 70 672 0801

https://reginavitanyi.com