Since 2016 I have regularly been traveling to the Open Studio in Gaza (Palestine). The Open Studio is an art studio for handicapped and traumatised children that includes art rooms, a library, a music room and play rooms. It provides these vulnerable children with a sense of belonging, acceptance and self-respect. The artistic side of the work opens their minds and helps them to think beyond their closed-in lives.
Besides the productional work as an external projectmanager, I also work directly with the children and the local team to introduce them to new art-forms, techniques and brig tons of inspiration.
Sinds 2018 we started an online platform called the BeeHomeAcademy BeeHome uses film and new media to provide refugee children in any place in the world with art and games. We hope to provide tools that motivate to create, think creatively and keep their cultures alive.
For this platform I make short films of traditional stories and many how-to movies explaining different art techniques which the children can try at home using only very minimal supplies.
For more info and a travelling blog of my stays click here
Our first film
One of the many DIY movies