Kulturprojekte Berlin und Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, Foto: Oana Popa-Costea
Kulturprojekte Berlin und Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, Foto: Louisa Marie Summer
Today, Brenda Spiesbach, scientific curator, tells us why “Sharmin’s Note,” part of the Interview Project about flight, is her favourite object.
Sharmin wrote this note in 2014 when she was detained in a Bulgarian prison. As part of the project, ten people who came to Berlin between 1946 and 2018 spoke about their stories of flight. The project was created in collaboration with journalist Zoya Mahfoud, curator of participation Verda Kaya and photographer Benny Golm.
I think Sharmin’s note is very impressive because it seems small and inconspicuous.
And at the same time it conveys so much: First of all, this handwritten note documents one of the darkest days in Sharmin’s life.
The text makes you sad, angry and ashamed of how we Europeans treat people who seek refuge.