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Time to Listen

The project “Time to Listen” presents a collection of stories – told by narrators from all genres of art, from all over the world.

New Videos

Portrait of Arnold Zable, Melbourne © Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable, Melbourne
A story of hugs and prisons by Arnold Zable

Author and human rights activist Arnold Zable tells the story of Farhad, an artist who fled from Kurdistan to Australia seven years ago. There, the freedom that he was searching for was also denied to him. But Farhad refuses to be intimidated. Then, one day...

Emanuele Soavi & Meritxell Aumedes Molinero © Emanuele Soavi & Meritxell Aumedes Molinero

Emanuele Soavi & Meritxell Aumedes Molinero, Cologne

A hand that embraces from behind. A foot that embraces from behind. A second body in the clothes. Images of embracing, growing together, merging, encircling - building intensity without words.

Portrait of Chao Liu, Berlin © Chao Liu

Chao Liu, Berlin
How come … Hugging is part of me?

The artist Chao Liu talks about his mother, who - growing up in Mao's China of the Cultural Revolution – was not accustomed to hugging someone. Yet, for Chao Liu this gesture is an essential part of himself. What happened when he and his mother hugged for the first time?

More stories and encounters

Museum of Embraces and Encounters Illustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Museum of Embraces and Encounters

A collection of stories about embraces: as an expression of close encounters, but also as a symbol of reconciliation, of overcoming opposites. The stories are told by artists from all parts of the world.

Poesien des Lebens Illustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Poetries of Life

How can we express the momentariness, the inconsistency, the vagueness or the monstrosity of an experience? Authors from all over the world try to do so in these clips: finding their own poetic way.

A good story Illustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

A good Story

We invite you to step back, for a long moment, from the overwhelming presence of what’s going on in the world: with a good story – based on true events, freely invented or both at the same time. By storytellers from all over the world. 

Realization: Thomas Böhm (texts, editing and design), Dr. Anne-Bitt Gerecke, Martin Bach, Marie Kiewe, Miriam Spinrath (editing and design), Marcus Sporkmann (video editing) und Eliphas Nyamogo (editing)


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