The City Speaks Exhibition
Our new exhibition - 'The City Speaks' - has been touring European cities since 2012!
Visit the website to read excerpts from the exhibition and follow its journey. Read more about the project by exploring the links on the left.
Cities have brought together some of the world’s greatest thinkers and provided fertile ground for progressive thought, becoming the stage for some of the world’s biggest political, economic and social events. The city is also a place of conflict and challenge, where differences become stark in their proximity.
Yet these diverse influences have also resulted in the sharing of knowledge, the exploration of new ideas, and brilliant innovation and creativity. The imprints of such inspiration – captured through art and creative expression in many forms including architecture, film, music, literature, and theatre – are left by a variety of times, cultures, geographical areas, and faiths.
This exhibition - a partnership between Maslaha and the British Council's Our Shared Europe project - explores how individuals and communities have been inspired by cities and how they, in turn, changed the spaces in which they have lived through different forms of creative expression.
'The City Speaks' will be opening in several European cities in 2012 and 2013:
- Maribor, Slovenia: Launch to co-incide with European Capital of Culture
- Museum of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, Sweden
- UN Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
- Ljubljana, Slovenia as part of the Biennale of Design
- Athens, Greece
- Berlin, Germany as part of the Migration & Cities programme facilitated by the Heinrich Boell Foundation
- Leipzig, Germany
- St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Malta
- Thessaloniki, Greece
Other cities have expressed an interest, including Marseille, Lyon, Stuttgart and Potsdam.
This exhibition shows how art and creative expression has a powerful role to play in our cities – as a means to reinvigorate and empower urban communities, to celebrate history and memory, to resist oppression and allow subcultures to grow, to overcome trauma and to provide street-level inspiration.
Everyday life in the city is a constant experience of encounters with diverse voices and influences. The density of the city compresses this diversity into new identities and cultures which are distinctly urban, built on the multiple histories of those who have passed through the city streets in the decades and centuries before.
People care about where they live and want to like where they live. Many of the stories in this exhibition have grown from attempts to create a home, to unify disparate or warring communities, or to find hope in the face of desolate marginalisation. The city can only flourish through its people, who shape it physically and imaginatively.
'The City Speaks' is a partnership between Maslaha and the British Council's Our Shared Europe project.
Our Shared Europe is the British Council’s response to some of the major cultural challenges facing our continent today.
Working closely with international and local partners, Our Shared Europe creates opportunities to discuss and share our perspectives on issues such as diversity, migration, community cohesion, inter-cultural and inter-faith dialogue.
Our Shared Europe seeks to explore our shared values, perspectives and behaviours in a way that is based on mutual respect and trust. In particular it is about how to acknowledge the role diverse communities have played in the shaping of contemporary European society – both in the past and the present.
One of the project’s central themes is the substantial and multidimensional contribution made by Muslim individuals and communities to European culture and identity.
Our Shared Europe combines a wide range of activities – eg conferences, debates, workshops, research and exhibitions – organised in collaboration with our partners across the continent.