Every year, three artists are given the opportunity to work and exhibit in what is perhaps the highest studio in Berlin, thus turning the roof studio and surrounding terraces at the Federal Foreign Office into a forum where art and foreign policy meet.
The Federal Foreign Office’s Artist in Residence programme is the first of its kind in a German federal ministry. Every year, a jury of independent experts chooses three artists, who are invited to spend three months working in the roof studio at the Federal Foreign Office. The residency is primarily aimed at artists who come from abroad or focus on global topics in their work. At the end of the residency, the artists’ work is exhibited at the Federal Foreign Office and in their own gallery. The residency is also funded by a grant.
The artists in residence in 2018:
The Chinese German painter, photographer and film maker was born in Beijing and studied at the Berlin University of the Arts. His project for his residency at the Federal Foreign Office will be about global migration movements. Yu will explore the topic of the wanderer from the mystic peregrinations of Buddhist monks to the global refugee movements of our day.
In her work, the installation, video and performance artist deals with images that constantly reappear in modern media. For her residency at the Federal Foreign Office, she will work on a video performance aimed at exploring how the values and ideas of democratic communities are translated into Images.
Manaf Halbouni was born in Damascus and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Dresden. His sculpture of three vertical buses, which was shown in Dresden and Berlin, sparked a debate on the artistic exploration of the civil war in Syria. During his residency at the Federal Foreign Office, Halbouni will address the role of colonial history in relations between Europe and the Middle East.