Time to Listen

Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

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

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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?

Portrait of Maria Zervos, Athens Photo (detail): © Maria Zervos / “THE TENT” / HD Video Still / Courtesy of the artist / 2021

Maria Zervos, Athens
The tent

The sight of a colourful tent village is accompanied by thoughts about an epidemic of a different kind: nostalgia, based on a sense of loss. A loss that goes beyond personal experience. An epidemic that is less and less curable.

Portrait of Inger-Mari Aikio, Buolbmatjávri © Inger-Mari Aikio

Inger-Mari Aikio, Buolbmatjávri
The Polar Night Embrace

In this poem by the Sami poet Inger-Mari Aikio, someone talks – in the "darkest of the dark" – to the polar night, in which lives go out like candles. The polar night in which eyes can embrace...

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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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