Personal – Concrete – Approachable: On this page we turn the spotlight on some of the names and stories connected to our funding programmes and projects. Please join us, and learn more about our ifa alumni, their personal experiences and professional development, and the projects they embark upon after leaving ifa.

Insight Iran: A Report by Meta Marina Beeck

Recherchereise Iran | Marina Beeck; Iran 2016; © Marina Beeck.
In 2015, I showed the video work “A Dowry for Mahrou“ (2006) by Samira Eskandarfar, who lives and works in Teheran, in Kunsthalle Bielefeld. The reactions of the visitors during the exhibition that lasted from July 22nd to August 30th in 2015 were interesting to me, as the image of Iran –without doubt ever-changing – is quite deadlocked for many.

Video: Exhibition "Re-Frame Islam" in Tuebingen

Violent and dangerous? "Most of the images we see in media about Muslims are negative," says Nassim Hadj-benali, CCP alumnus and freelance artist from Algeria. His photo project "Re-Frame Islam" draws a different picture: portraits of Muslims from the USA and Germany whose smiling is contagious. The photos are exhibited at the German-American Institute in Tübingen (d.a.i.) until 20 April 2017.

Alumni seminar in Germany

The seminar was attended by thirteen alumni from more than five different countries of origin or assignment, including delegates from Poland, Romania, Russia, Kazachstan and Kyrgyzstan. They also represented a variety of different professional fields, such as journalism, cultural projects, intercultural collaboration and youth empowerment.

Cuba opens up: will culture and education be the new motor?

Bert Hoffmann is alumnus of ifa's Research Programme "Culture and Foreign Policy". He conducted the project "The prospects of German-Cuban cultural and scientific relations". Being an expert of Cuban culture, he is very familiar with Cuba's cultural landscape and its political developments of the past decades. In this interview he talks about the prospects of German-Cuban cooperation.