Tahajud Alghrabi is from Iraq where she was a school principal
"My name is Tahajud and I participated in the Green light project in Vienna in 2016. I then went to Prague to present Green light there and have now come to Venice to teach the new Green light participants how to do the threading for the lamps. I know they were scared when they first arrived. I was scared too, because as a teacher I have the responsibility to teach them well. If I am a good teacher, I would teach them in the right way and they would learn it. If not, they won’t understand and will not be able to build the lamps. I couldn't understand the people from Somalia, China, Afghanistan and Kurdish Iraq, and they didn't understand me. I know how they feel, I feel for them and I want to help them. We communicated with movements and we could do something good together. Now after the tutorial days they are great and very fast!"
Tahajud Alghrabi is from Baghdad, where she used to work as a school principal.
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Jerry Angel explaining why participating in the Green light workshop is important to him #greenlightworkshop
"We were making Green lights. And while we made Green lights we talked. I asked them to tell stories about the last cup of tea they had before leaving home. (…) The circle of stories began with halting incomprehension, and ended with a sudden flash of understanding. The borders, the border guards, the endless humiliation of the production of papers and narratives, the violence of waiting—all of these can be suspended in a moment of laughter, or in a random act of generous sharing.
And this is what we learned, again: freedom is like a little green light in a very dark room, that allows you to see yourself, that allows you to see other people and allows you to see the way to the door."
Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Raqs Media Collective, ‘The Light That Says Walk´, from Green light – An artistic workshop, Sternberg, 2017'
Hussein Hajhassan, Green light workshop at TBA21, Vienna, 2016.
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