Goya in Lebanon
Glasses, boxes, lights and trash for a better life
How can we address the needs of our community? How can we use our own creative talents for the common good? S27 did not have these questions in mind, when conceiving the project GOYA. It was the participants themselves, who set the focus on giving instead of being creative just for their own sake.
GOYA is an artistic workshop-project that seeks to uncover the vocational and creative talents of young Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. The project is named after the famous painter Francisco de Goya, who fought fearlessly for the rights of the disadvantaged through its art, and closely related to the experiences we have made with our project Bildungsmanufaktur.
The first installment of the project took place in October/November 2017 in the refugee camp in Bourj el-Barajneh, a suburb of Beirut. Venue and partner was Jafra Meeting Place, a cultural space where the youth of the camp can hang out, meet and organize many cultural activities.
In a creative workshop a group of youth with the help of artists from Berlin and Beirut took over the rooftop terrace of Jafra Meeting Place and turned it into a one week maker’s space. The goal was for the participants to design objects, bringing their own ideas to life.