100 Voices

About the Project

Art and Culture always have the task of showing a world of the possible. The countries of the Arab Spring find themselves in transition—and therefore face exceptional possibilities and challenges. With a number of projects and partnerships, the Goethe-Institut is accompanying the processes of change in North Africa and the Near East, in particular, through qualifying and networking the culture makers with each other and with Germany.

But what do these multifaceted transitions mean for the people and the cultural scenes—on the ground and in practice? The Goethe-Institut checked in with artists, culture makers and political activists. The result is 100 Voices, a multi-media archive and a mosaic of visions and experiences, opinions and critique.

The result is a forum for the curious from around the world, as 100 Voices asks people, who are not only experiencing these transitions, but are also actively shaping them: journalists from Gaza, publishers from Egypt, break dancers from Tunisia and film producers from Lebanon. Among these is the Egyptian Curator Sarah Rifky who asks, “Can you really sleep in peace against the backdrop of the political developments?“ Or the artist Amina Menia from Algeria, who responds, “I can live a completely normal life, without pressure from politics or activists.“

In the 100 Voices portraits, the focus is on people and opinions. They offer a glimpse into personal experiences, life stories and ways of thinking under the theme, “One Person, Many Questions.“ The 100 Voices subject videos, in contrast, are dedicated to special topics, collecting opinions from people of different origins, social backgrounds and with multifaceted perspectives following the principle, “One Question, Many Answers.“

Transformation & Partnership

Foto: Nihal Ismail, DayDream Art Production © Goethe-Institut Kairo
A changing culture and society: The Goethe-Institut’s Transformation & Partnership projects contribute to the on-going processes of change in Egypt und Tunis.

100 Voices is a project of the Goethe-Institut as part of the German-Egyptian/German-Tunisian Transformation Partnership, funded by the Federal Foreign Office.