MACH DIR EIN BILD 2013-2018

(Make a photo yourself) / Burkina Faso / Rwanda / DR Congo

www.machdireinbild.com

Rosine Roamba Wennemi, 15 years old, Burkina Faso 2013

Rosine Roamba Wennemi, 15 years old, Burkina Faso 2013

Pierre Sawadogo, 13 years old, Burkina Faso 2013

Mariam Diallo, 14 years old, Burkina Faso 2013

Constantin Ilbodo, 10  years old, Burkina Faso 2013

Franceline Roamba, 14 years old, Burkina Faso 2013

„Mam nuong fo.“ 

Ich liebe Dich. 

"Photography is something that can keep all memories of time.

It is something that can show every picture of everything there is.

But for me photography is also a different way to express ideas or thoughts.“

Nshimyimana Jack, Rwanda 2014

Twizerimana Devota 15  years old, Rwanda 2014

 Makuza Ines, 17 years old, Rwanda 2014

Karenzi Teta, 15  years old, Rwanda 2014

 Kazungu Daniel, 17 years old, Rwanda 2014

"I used to think cameras were just mirrors, but after I held one and used it, 

I couldn’t believe that something so nice existed. I am so happy to take pictures and I will narrate my life through

photography.“

Penninah Kubwimana, Rwanda 2014 

Manu, 16 years old, DR Kongo 2016

Musa, 11 years old, DR Kongo 2016

Manu, 16 years old, DR Kongo 2016

"If you open Google images and type in Rwanda, some of the first few pages would show you things like our president, the tattered homes or poor children or families of Rwanda. However, the majority of the first pictures will be the 1994 Genocide. I find this to be frustrating, because media paints Rwanda as a horror or poverty-stricken country longer than necessary. In Rwanda, not many opportunities are available to its people especially such as a photography workshop for the youth. I’ve noticed in all my four yearss here that the youth focuses extensively on fashion, dance and music as their artistic form of expression and I decided that I’d want be the odd one and use photography to show this and the many different sides of Rwanda.“

Ines Makuza, Rwanda 2014. 

Astrid 14 years old, Germany  2016

Karenzi Teta, 15  years old, Rwanda 2014

Mukiza, 14  years old, Rwanda 2014

Elena, 15 Jahre years old, Germany  2016

Emmar, 14 years old, Germany  2016

Habimana Elie, 9  years old, Rwanda 2014

Emma, 14 Jahre alt,  years old, Germany  2016

Gasana Claude, 10 years old, Rwanda 2014

MACH DIR EIN BILD (Make photo yourself) 

“Mach dir ein Bild” (Make a photo yourself) is a photographic project for children and young people in Africa and Europe to establish an artistic dialogue that opens up new, common perspectives no matter what age, origin, language or religion. In workshops each child is equipped with its own camera over three months. After the children have learned the technical basis of photography, they soon develope their own strategies for dealing with this medium. The camera is a constant companion and the pictures show the exclusively subjective view of the children – Western design parameters must be excluded.   



What is important to us: 


I. The importance of not helping“Mach dir ein Bild” (“Make yourself a picture”) is not supposed to help but is nevertheless solidary. It has a no hierarchical structure and people act on the same level. To support does not mean to give. It is about solidarity on an equal basis.


II. The importance of artistic support

The core of “Mach dir ein Bild” (Make a photo yourself) is the artistic support of children and young people. The project focuses on education through the arts. For example, the work with the camera will enable the participants to reflect on their reality of life and to communicate the experience externally. In regular workshops, a platform is created, on which children and young people can playfully question their identity.  

III. The importance of a new

perspective


The objective of “Mach dir ein Bild” (“Make yourself a picture”) is the production of African art, which must clearly be separated from many artifacts originating from Africa but emerging under Western parameters. Accordingly, creative aspects of the workshops are exclusively in the hands of the children.The project provides authentic impressions of everyday customs and habits, festivals, crafts, dance, theater and music. These events are documented by the participants from their own point of view and with personal priorities. The relevance of these aspects is made clear that they are not promoted or stimulated by the project managers.

2018 ART & BUSINESS Goma + Bukavu RDC

Project by: Sikilik Afrika + Kompanie der Kreativen

2018 ART & BUSINESS Goma + Bukavu RDC

Photos: Marina Weigl

2017 FLOATING FESTIVAL GOMA RDC

Project by: Sikilik Afrika + Kompanie der Kreativen + Supertecture

FLOATING FESTIVAL 2017 GOMA RDC

The border is separating Congo and Rwanda - Lake Kivu unites both countries. 

Two floating stages (one from each coast of the lake) will become a single big one at the end of the first cross-border art festival at this particular lake. People will see the swimming theatre and all its performances, music, art and architecture from boats on the water and from the coasts of both countries. 

The swimming festival float will be the first „building“ of a larger cultural center that shall be realized between Goma and Gisenyi within the following years.

All kinds of international artists will be able to meet here environment in order to exchange ideas and bridge all political borders.

At the same time, the cultural center and its swimming theatre shall also present the rich and finest arts of both countries from the heart of Africa to the rest of the world. That’s how the western perspective and its traditional opinion of local culture can be remanifested.

The swimming festival theatre will not just be a float but an instrument and a speaker for all its visitors. Together with local artists, regional common instruments (like drums, xylophone and a natural grammophon…) will be designed and integrated.

As representatives of a new generation and equipped with cameras, instruments, brushes and paint, especially kids shall have their opportunity to share their childish reality with others and to clean up with international prejudices.

2017 Floating Festival Goma

Photos: Till Gröner

2016 SAFARI YA AMANI GOMA RDC

Project by: Sikilik Afrika + Kompanie der Kreativen

2016 SAFARI YA AMANI GOMA RDC

Photos: Marie Köhler + Jana Luck

2016 KOMPANIE DER KREATIVEN GUG

By: Marie Köhler / website coming soon