Netwerk workshops: Working with asylum seekers and refugees

Netwerk has successfully launched a series of workshops aimed at asylum seekers and refugees, in partnership with local organisation Babbelonië. For the second workshop in the series, participants from Congo, Ecuador, Peru and Russia worked with South Korean artist Sim Cha Chi on the subject of the position of women in Belgian society in comparison to the participants countries of origin. The artist presented her own sculptural practice as well as sharing her experience of how her Korean origin and move to Europe had coloured her image of women.

Netwerk workshop 2

She then invited the participants to warm up a handful of wax in the palm of their hands and to create a form that reminded them of a woman, all the time encouraging dialogue around the theme. Even though at first some participants were reluctant to participate each person created a sculpture.

The conversation then turned towards Europe, the refugee crisis and a perceived lack of solidarity between member states and between people.

Quote of the day: “You want to know something? Europe does not exist”.

Netwerk workshop 3
All images courtesy Network / center for contemporary art & Ivo Delrue
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