Who is behind the project?

Chris Dörken (cultural manager, Germany)

For 13 years she has worked as a cultural manager and has planned and executed art projects and events for numerous projects, festivals and companies. In December 2014 she first visited Kampung Baru Kubur Koja and met Jhoni Karlah, his wife and family and many neighbours and friends. The hospitality and openness as well as their commitment inspired her incredibly and led to the idea for this art project.

Markus Lohmann (artist, Germany)

Markus deals with and in the usage of craftsmanship and deconstructs the homogenously appearing image of everyday life and exposes its meaningful patterns. He is interested in the social, economic and political structures of public space. As a co-founder of KUNSTrePUBLIK he has worked as a curator, artist, researcher and activist since 2006. This includes the Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum and other collaborations such as the Werkleitz Festival (Halle/Saale, 2010), id Barri (Barcelona, 2009), Vasl Arts (Pakistan, 2008), 5. Berlin biennale für zeitgenössische kunst (2008), Paper Cut (Shanghai, 2011), new works (Berlin, 2012), Archipel invest, Urbane Künste Ruhr, (2013). Between 2003 and 2015 he created numerous works in public space in Hamburg e.g. Überläufer (2005), Seal Estate (2007), Golden Holes (2010) and Tableau de Wohn (2014). Since 2009 he has worked as a stage and costume designer for the transnational art project HAJUSOM e.V.
In the framework of theatre cooperation projects he made research trips to Burkina Faso and Mali in 2012 and 2014. Markus Lohmann works in various cultural commissions in Hamburg including the Kunstkommission, the Kulturbeutelträger commission and the commission responsible for the programme ‘Stadtkuratorin Hamburg’.

Chris Meighan (artist, Netherlands)

Works with performance, text, video and ‘technical research as an artistic medium’. His work examines the relationship between the constructed environment (physical, technological, social) and the individual human being, and in particular the way that we in the developed world have become detached from the reality of making and of thinking through physical activity. His extensive travels in the former Soviet Union and other areas of the developing world have fuelled a fascination with the solutions that often emerge in the absence of an effective and omnipresent government and market, and how these highlight the aforementioned ‘poverty of plenty’ in the West, i.e. detachment from our environment and from the need to be inventive.

David Rauer (artist, Germany)

David Rauer mainly works as a sculptor and professional ceramist. He is based in the German town of Osnabrück, where he has set up a small studio. Besides working with clay his interest lies in space in general. His works often turn out to become a kind of an installation and they are sometimes developed in site-specific ways.

Irwan Ahmett & Tita Salina (artist duo, Indonesia)

Live and work in Jakarta, Indonesia. They studied Graphic Design at the Jakarta Institute of Art (IKJ) and founded Ahmett Salina studio design 16 years ago. Since 2010 they have produced self-initiative art projects focusing on urban issues, especially public space and using social and political issues as creative resources. In the last five years Irwan and Tita have created art works, participated in collective art projects and have been invited to residency programs in Indonesia, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Germany and participated in the Singapore Biennale, Setouchi Triennale, Asian Art Biennale, Jogja Biennale and Jakarta Biennale. In their art practice they utilise situations and found objects, involve the public, respond to habits of citizens, observe social issues and then process those findings and apply them in particular areas with or without the involvement of a public by using the ‘Play’ method. For the last two years they have focused on more complex issues around injustice, political turmoil, environment, energy and marginalised people, and often generate universal human values from these situations.


The artists and initiators of TrotoArt, who live in this slum and who have already realised many social projects to improve living conditions, have invited the artists to stay and work in the area. This art group, which is a respected player in the area, will provide a link with the locality. They have a great interest in exchanging experiences related to artistic approaches and social processes with foreign artists and in talking and acting together.

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