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What does it mean to be young today?
What stresses young people?
And what helps them in difficult moments?

Our current exhibition was created as part of a holiday workshop with young people between the ages of 15 and 18. Together with artists, the young people tested podcasts, staged photos, produced video essays, shared insights into the realities of their lives and developed a visual language for the exhibition. A basic idea was to approach the topic with softness and playfulness and to consider the possibility of participation for visitors.

The exhibition invites visitors of all ages to think, think further and participate.

Curated by Adama, Anee, Hussein, Johann, Kilian and Whitney together with Maike 小云 Storf and Van-Lam Trinh with support from podcaster Frank Joung and artist Joanna Szproch.

Interviews by Polyrama Young

Since April 2022, young people have been meeting once a week at Polyrama and working on building a collection of young life stories. They conduct interviews, exchange ideas with each other and participate in the future development of the museum.

During this time, a series of interviews were conducted by the young people themselves. They provide insights into the complex experiences of young people when dealing with challenges and difficult times.

The following people contributed to the work of Polyrama Young:
Léa, Anee, Kilian, Danial, Sami, Eliano.


Video walk with Che Albayrak through the Stutti

Che is now in his early 20s. Stuttgarter Platz was an important and central place in his youth. Here he experienced a lot with his friends. In the walk, James talks through his experiences on the Stutti.

The walk lasts 20 minutes and starts and ends here in the museum.

The walk was implemented by Che Albayrak and the students Marcello Taiyang Burchard and Laith Alkorom as part of a cooperation with the Media Informatics course at the Berlin University of Technology.


Léa's room - a VR world

For Léa, her room is her central place of retreat and comfort.

Discover her room with Léa. Find out what she experiences here and what it means to her.

The VR project was implemented by students Amelie Croin, Michelle Kraul, Yasmina Alishia Pouassom, Oliver Aoli Wang and Anee, Léa and Kilian from Polyrama Young as part of a cooperation with the Media Informatics course at the Berlin University of Technology

10 + 1 life stories in urban space

From September 23rd to 26th, 2021, 11 life stories were performed live in public places in Berlin. The performances were developed in tandems between artists and storytellers.

Adel - پرواز می‌کند

Immersive performance by Fred Gehrig, Thekla Rickert and Adel

September 23rd. 2021
Duration: indefinite

10789 Berlin-Charlottenburg

The immersive performance by Fred Gehrig and Adel combines dance, narrative and exhibition. It entangles passers-by and invites them to experience the history of Adel individually in a walk-in exhibition building.

Anusch – Because we talk

Dance performance with live music by Florian Hoffmeier,
Lotta Sandborgh and Vladimir Miller

25th of September. 2021
Duration: 40-60 minutes

Location: In front of the Alte Nationalgalerie
Bodestrasse 1-3
10178 Berlin-Mitte

Because we speak/Let's promise each other/Because we speak/Are you silent/Because we speak/I am/Because we speak/I don't speak/Because we speak/Can you be/Because we speak/We are/Because we speak

'Because We Speak' is an abstraction of the story of Anush teaching people to speak. Words become danced images, completely without language, and form the labyrinth of their and perhaps all of our lives as pictorial development and decay, as construction, deconstruction and reconstruction.

Björn - Where is Björn?

Performance by Willy the Clown & Silvia Borello

September 24, 2021
Duration: 45 minutes

Stick wood garden, under the railway bridge
13597 Berlin-Spandau

It is a pantomimic performance without language, with musical elements. Homeless people or tramps are the people par excellence connected to the world of clowns. Alone, abandoned, with relationship problems, with survival problems. Trapped with no way out. This is Björn's story - disappointment, suffering, loneliness, submission, the desire for freedom, unfulfilled love. The Clown's Themes. But now Björn has disappeared overnight. Everything he had with him is suddenly gone. The lack and aloofness surrounding his story resonate more than the story itself.

Can – Esso Station Oral

Performance & Video by Khan Of Finland
MAS/SER by Adomas Laurinaitis & Servulo Mendez
Fraternal #20 “Britzer Garten” Video by Pablo Denegri

September 23, 2021
Duration: 1 hour

Sport Klübü
Freienwalder Str. 31
13359 Berlin Wedding

Chrisoula – What remains

Installation by Sadaf Farahani and Leonie Kock
Open format, accessible at any time

September 25, 2021

Location: Werderscher churchyard, meadow behind Café Strauss
Bergmannstrasse 42
10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg

The walk-in installation by Sadaf Farahani and Leonie Kock follows in Chrisoula's footsteps. Who was Chrisoula – the person, the woman, the Greek, the guest worker, the mother, the wife, the sister, the neighbor and the friend? How does a human life tell itself about the people who were close to you? And what does it reveal about the time and place in which it is embedded? What remains of us in the world when we are no longer physically present?

Claudia – On the way

Aerial artistry by Anna Ehrenreich

Sept. 25, 2021
Duration: 20-30 minutes

Location: Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien
Mariannenplatz 2
10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg

Esther – Humus

Narrative performance by Schirin Zareh and Esther

September 23, 2021
Duration: 40 minutes

Walter Benjamin Square
10629 Berlin-Charlottenburg

Schirin sells hummus for the first time in her life at a market stall and meets Esther, who, as an Israeli, is an expert on this dish. They get into a conversation about this, which includes stages in both of their lives.

Luce – Bird's eye view

Participatory installation by Katie Lee Dunbar
Open format, accessible at any time, including Saturday, September 25th. from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Neukölln Arcaden

September 24, 2021

1st floor next to Mediamarkt
Karl-Marx-Strasse 66
12043 Berlin-Neukölln

Silja – from Hermannplatz to Hasenheide

A participatory audio walk by Lotti Seebeck and Silja Korn
(Limited number of participants, please register at: info@polyrama.de)

September 26, 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

Location: Herrmannplatz, meeting point at the “Dancing Couple” statue
10967 Berlin-Neukölln

Swantje – In between

CL visual performance by Pinky Aiello

September 25, 2021
Duration: 20-30 minutes

Monbijou Bridge
10117 Berlin-Mitte

The CL visual performance is a completely new art form in Germany. It has long been widespread in the USA. CL-Visual Performance is a performance with classifiers (English: classifiers, abbreviation "CL"). Classifiers are gestures in which the shape of the hand represents an object, a person or a part of the body and the other parameters of the gesture (hand position, place of execution and movement) show the true movement of the person being depicted. The performance is therefore very visual.

Tuba – The tree from paradise

Vocal performance by Mizgina Rengin

September 24, 2021
Duration: 30 minutes

Central station, in front of the main entrance
Europaplatz 1
10557 Berlin-Mitte


Initiators & project managers
Anna Chrusciel & Sadaf Farahani

Production 2021 theme learning

Anna Chrusciel, Sadaf Farahani, Schokofeh Kamiz, Nina Krause, Ramin Parvin, Claudia Vogt

Advice on audio recordings
Adel Gamehdar

Audio editing
Ramin Parvin, Maxim Strzebkowski

Julia Michael, happyscribe.com

Visual design
Ariane Spanier

Markus Kehrer

Communication social media
Anna Giannessi

Production management intro Polyrama
Lotti Seebeck

Speakers Intro Polyrama
Amanda Hohenberg, Filipe Pirl

Advice on inclusion & accessibility
Platz da!
Production and translation of the “About Us Page DGS”: Benedikt J. Sequeira Gerardo

IllustrationTuba's story
Shabnam Sarmadi

Performances: 10 +1 life stories in urban space

Anna Chrusciel, Sadaf Farahani, Stefanie Höpfner

Artistic direction performances
Pinky Aiello, Anna Ehrenreich, Sadaf Farahani, Khan of Finland, Fred Gehrig, Florian Hoffmeier, Leonie Kock, Katie Lee Dunbar, Mizgina Rengin, Lotti Seebeck, Schirin Zahre

Technical management
Mohamad Shbib

Lighting technology “Where is Björn?”
Gianluca Posehn

Documentation video
Julia Grüßing, Ainize Sarasola

Documentation photo
Jenifer Astra Brinkmann, Jasper Makropoulos

Video and event technology
Berlin University of Technology
Technology pool of the Evangelical Youth and Elm35

Hamed Eskandari

Sami Almohamad Alchahin, Khanom Ayoub, Fasiha Fiaz, Feroza Fiaz, Natia Giorgidze, Frida Kessler,

Assistants DGS
Lena Brodkorb, Hannah Stolp

Audio description
Frida Kessler, advice: Silja Korn

Frida Kessler


Funding providers
In 2021, Polyrama is funded by the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf Integration Fund, the Socioculture Fund from the program of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (BKM) “NEUSTART KULTUR” and Aktion Mensch.