We are very happy to announce our 2nd intercultural art project FACES OF US. It will consist of three parts:
/ an art exhibition
/ some online workshops
/ an interactive website.
The aim of the project is to strengthen the intercultural dialogue, and support the fight against racism. After visiting our exhibition, participating in our workshops or interavting on our website, the guests will develop a deeper appreciation for the people from other cultures. They will also resume the oft-neglected interpersonal communication as well.
To achieve peace and equality in the world, we should have ‘empathetic policies’ - filled with emotions and experiences. This is a core competence of art, sport, religion etc. and through this project, we aim to add these emotions.
Our international intercultural team will endeavor to add the same flavor of humanity as we did in our project "Cultures in Dialogue" in 2019/2020. Therefore, our project moves from the German to the international stage.
It is critical for our project to be sustainable – creating many opportunities of participation both digital and physical.
The exhibition FACES OF US will initially be shown in three countries: Ukraine, Pakistan and Germany and our online workshops as well as the app will be available all over the world.
We are proud to be a guest in Ukraine from 17th July to 1st September 2021 at the Chornomorsk Museum Fine Art / Museum Belogo. We will announce the exhibition venues in Germany and Pakistan shortly.
Also find us on Facebook and Instagram with #kulturdialog.
Our artist team work in different disciplines ...
Helen Panasiuk, painter
Khawar Saleem Ghumman & Thyra Holst, textile art
Khawar Saleem Ghumman did his 1975 Degree in Fashion and Textile from National College of Arts, Lahore. 1980 he started Fashion Panaish, included Fashion shows, it is still running. 2001 he joined NRSP ( National Rural Support Program ) an NGO as the textile Consultant to develop large hand looms. 2002 he was in charge of the Pakistan Pavilion at an International Exhibition held in Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. 2014 he leaded the design and manufacturing teams as the head designer for Pakistan leading garments producers when he worked for NRSP.
Thyra Holst did her 1990 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy. 2000 she started felt works, later abstract structural collages + digital painting. 2010 she started participation in national + international exhibitions. She is member GEDOK Cologne and of German Professional Association of Visual Artists.
Anjan Ghosh, photographer
Omar Benyounes studied art and art education in Algeria, where he now lives and works. In addition to ceramics, he is mainly engaged in traditional and modern calligraphy, as well as painting. In 2019 and 2020 he exhibited calligraphies in Germany, in which Arabic and Latin script form a symbiosis and he taught this intercultural calligraphy in Germany.
Thyra & Anjan, digital painters
by the contact sheet on this website, we are looking forward.
Ralph Nitzsche, Side by Side
Prof. Dr. Irene Daum, Editor www.wissenschaft-kunst.de
Olexandr Kyfak, German Honorary Consul in Odessa, Ukraine
A closer look at FACES OF US from the perspective of perception psychology
Human faces do not only reflect individuality and personality. They also reveal a person`s state of mind and inner feelings. Faces are considered to be a mirror of the soul and to speak louder than words. When you look at a face, you can tell instantly and intuitively whether or not it is a human face and whether it is a person you know. People are experts at reading the emotions of others from their faces. Although there is some degree of variation between contexts and cultures, basic emotions like happiness, surprise, anger, sadness, disgust or fear are revealed by the same facial expressions. You are able to read from a facial expression what mood a person is in, whether he or she is happy or feeling afraid, even if you do not know the person. Facial expressions also support the distinction between genuine and fake emotions. The perception of faces and the identification of mood and emotions through facial expressions are related to brain areas that are highly specialized for these functions. The analysis of human faces and their evaluation is highly efficient and takes less than second.
The human face plays a central role in social communication. The recognition of emotions connects people with each other. Communication and exchange in social situations is dependent on the correct assessment of the emotional state of others and appropriate responses. Specialised brain systems enable us to put ourselves in the position of other people's feelings and to empathise with their situation, i.e. to feel how the other person must feel. When living together in groups, empathy for the inner world of others is a fundamental feature of successful cooperation. Last but not least, looking at other people's faces has an effect on one's own emotions - if you are smiled at, you automatically smile back. More complex or social emotions such as pride or shame which are shaped by the cultural context of a person are particularly dependent upon the ability to understand the perspective of others, i.e. to understand the effect of one's own actions on other people.
Prof. Dr. Irene Daum
Curator FACES OF US