We Refugees gathered photographic fragments of individual escape stories whose paths cross in Berlin. The title of the exhibition is based on the eponymous essay by Hannah Arendt in 1943. Therein refugees are referred to as the “vanguard of their peoples”. Photographs that have been brought by refugees or have been taken during the escape, have been arranged by the artists to a narrative. The people who are still living were anonymized in the photographs and visual overlays were made. The faces we can look at because they are not anonymous, belong to dead people. “We Refugees“ was realized with: Ajmal, Ali, Amer, Daniel, Hassan, Husam, Mohamed, Muhammad, Noor, Omar, Rami and Rawia. In collaboration with Jan Nikolai Nelles.
“Al-Badri and Nelles sought to use their photo project to produce an image of refugees that countered those most seen on the internet, TV, or in print media. For refugees are most often seen in such places aspart of an unmanageable flow of people, or as representing very dramatic individual fates. The exhibition sought to focus on the idea of the refugees as producers of images. (...) In this way the issue of identity, insofar as it is directly connected to facial recognition, was thematized as a formal absence, visually and metaphorically overwritten by the background. These images give rise to a number of questions about creation, distribution, material and economic conditions, the act ofidentification, and relationships between power and powerlessness.“ Prof. Ilka Becker, University of Braunschweig