The European Project
Promised Land No More?

  • Opera Village Africa - School, December 2015 Photo: © Lennart Laberenz
  • Quicksand Photo: © Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen
  • Stéphanie Régnier: Kelly (film still) Film Still (Kelly) © Stéphanie Régnier

The shifts in current European politics, particularly the rise of nationalist, populist, and Eurosceptic movements, are shaking the very core of the European project, and fundamentally challenging its ideals.
The situation is further charged by recent pivotal political events in the UK and several European countries, and exacerbated by the present migratory crises along European borders. What has for so many come to represent a ‘Promised Land’ offers in fact very different realities.
We invite you to leave the comfort zone of liberal consensus and join the debate on how to move forward in these uncertain times.
With a timely programme of events the Goethe-Institut London provides a unique platform to raise urgent debate and awareness of the challenges, responsibilities and consequences the current political climate presents.
We are collaborating with an exciting range of partners, such as Culture+Conflict, the ICA, Frieze Projects and Central Saint Martins, to engage renowned national and international artists, intellectuals and experts, as well as the wider public.

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Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen: Quicksand Photo: © Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen

Audio Installation
Quicksand by Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen

As part of the event series Promised Land, Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, in collaboration with Duncan Pickstock, has been commissioned to create a new piece of work, titled Quicksand.

Promised Land Photo: © Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen

Promised Land

The Promised Land Symposium saw artists, experts and professionals working in the field addressing the alarming shifts in current European politics.

Kelly Photo: © Stéphanie Régnier

Film series
The Suspended Lives of Refugees and Migrants

Throughout November and December 2016 the Goethe-Institut London presented a series of select films at the institute addressing and raising debate around current refugee and migration crises.

Books | Photograph: Carolyne Locher Photograph: Carolyne Locher

Our Library recommends

Our library offers different items that examine the topics flight and migration from different perspectives. You can find our recommendations for novels, audiobooks, reports and DVDs here.

Articles on the topic of migration 

Europe_Republic Picture: © Ulrike Guérot

Europe: The Reconstruction of the Free World

Are borders really the normal state of affairs? A critical and historical approach suggests this is in fact a very recent development. [...]  A radical futuristic plan for a borderless Europe.

Detail from Needle_511x222 Detail from ‘Needle Series’ No 3 © Stephen Rothschild

Where on Earth are you?

The one border we all cross, so often and with such well-rehearsed reflexes that we barely notice it, is the threshold of our own home. We open the front door, we close the front door: it’s the most basic geographical habit, and yet one lifetime is not enough to recount all our comings and goings across this boundary.

Practise Your German 

Welcome – Learning German for refugees © Photo: Frank M. Rafik

Welcome - Learning German for Refugees

Language learning opportunities for refugees who want to learn German fast and for free


ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London  


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