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From 17 June until 14 July 2011 the Exhibition will be shown    
  in Trier at the Volkshochschule

Trier, Volkshochschule (17 June until 14 July 2011)
Dortmund, Fachhochschule (31 May until 10 June 2011)
Luckenwalde, Kreishaus (9 until 27 May 2011)
Bielefeld, University (18 April until 5 May 2011)
Stuttgart, DGB-Haus (27 February until 12 March 2011)
Frankfurt am Main, Klapperfeld (5 until 24 February 2011)
Cologne, FliehKraft (11 until 21 January 2011)
Cottbus, IKMZ (8 until 21 November 2010)
Frankfurt/Oder (18 October until 4 November 2010)
Berlin, HdD (21 June until 2 July 2010)
Hannover (11 until  21 January 2010)
Potsdam (17 October until 14 November 2009)
Berlin (18 June until 5 July 2009)


Kreishaus, Foyer
Am Nuthefleiß 2
14943 Luckenwalde

Free entrance. Donations are welcome.

Pictures from the exhibition in Luckenwalde:        


The exhibition on refugees, migration and asylum will be presented from 9th to 27th May 2011 in the hall of the Luckenwalde Kreishaus, furthermore it will be attended by the Brandenburg charter of the SJD-Die Falken (Socialist Youth of Germany – The Falcons), who will provide visitors with educational and topical guidance.

Marc Brandt will answer any questions about the exhibition and the guided tours by phone, under +49 (0) 3371 632 124 or by email klab@falken-luckenwalde.de.

When the ‘Haus der Demokratie’ (House of Democracy) in Zossen was burned down by neo-Nazis, last year, an extensive exhibition on the Residenzpflicht (a law, which states that refugees applying for asylum are not allowed to leave the district where they have registered with the immigration authorities office). Once the exhibition had been rebuilt in painstakingly detailed work, it was turned into a travelling exhibition and in May will make a stop in the district capital Luckenwalde in Brandenburg.

The exhibition >Residenzplficht - Invisible Border< provides the possibility to present the complex subject matter of the exhibit’s main focuses; ‘refugees, migration and asylum’ graphically.

The various models, plans, texts, photographs and film extracts that make up the exhibition, present the opportunity to approach the topic from different points of view.

There are many invisible borders in Germany, restricting a refugee applying for asylum or who has Status der Duldung (temporary suspension of deportation) in his/her freedom. For example they are only allowed to stay within an area that has been assigned to them due to the so-called ‘Residenzpflicht’, but at the same time they are being forced to live in refugee homes or camps, on the outskirts of cities or even outside urban areas.
Through a vouchers, which refugees receive instead of cash, and surveillance from people who are perceived as ‘strangers’ at train stations and on trains, lead to the identification of refugees and contribute to their social isolation.
The exhibition >Residenzpflicht – Invisible Borders< documents the geography that has been created by multiple confinement and isolation, and how it affects spatial perception as well as resistance strategies, with the help of models, plans, texts, photographs and films.


The exhibition’s
accompanying events
enable society to form their own opinion on “refugees, asylum and migration” and show the topic’s local relevance. Refugees, migration, the Residenzpflicht, and the refugees' situation, are relevant topics in Luckenwalde, as the ASB (Working Samaritans Association), runs a refugee home, the "Übergangswohnheim” (transition home). 

The exhibition's aim is to make the population aware of respectful interaction with ‘strangers’ and of the necessity to support asylum seekers.


Monday, 9th May, 5 p.m. in the Kreishaus
Opening ceremony

Speakers are:

Christiane Witt (The Official District Responsible for Integration and Equality), as well as Philipp Kuebart one of the organisers of "Invisible Borders" as well as Women in Exile and SJD - Die Falken Brandenburg representatives


Guided tours

There will be free guided tours focusing on certain topics, which will chosen by the guides.

The guided tours are offered by:

Flüchtlingsrat (Council of Refugees) Brandenburg

Thursday, 12 May, 4 p.m.:
Kay Wendel. One of the “Invisible Borders” organisers

Thursday, 26 May, 1 p.m.:
Matthias Rau
. Providing information on the refugees’ situation on the labour market.

Victims’ perspectives

Friday, 20 May, 3 p.m.:
Tobias Pieper
. Presenting a short paper on the accommodation of refugees in camps.

SJD – Die Falken (Socialist Youth of Germany – The Falcons)

Guided tours especially for teens and young adults
Wednesday, 25 May, 3 p.m.
Thursday, 26 May, 6 p.m.

20th May 2011, at 4 p.m. in the ASB-
Barbecue, Games, Discussions

On Friday, 20th May 2011, at 4pm, there is going to be a little party at the ASB-Übergangswohnheim,

Alex Kubiak (Annemarie Finkel) organises a show for the whole family. "Show your Talent! It doesn’t matter where you’re from. It doesn’t matter how old you are. Can you sing? Can you dance? Can you …? Then take part! Contact +49 (0) 1744161422 or alexxhanoi@gmail.com. There is going to be a BBQ, music, football, a nursery with bouncy castle and at around 7pm a discussion on the topic: “What do refugees in Luckenwalde need?”. Presenter: Rainer Spangenberg (RAA Trebbin, Regional work group for education, integration and democracy).


27th May 2011, at 5 p.m. in the Kreishaus
Final event

Refugees Emancipation
is going to give one last guided tour of the exhibition on 27th May 2011, as part of the final event,

The event will be accompanied by a discussion on the self-organisation of refugees – and the support of the local civil society.

Refugees Emancipation, will explain their work methods and the support they will need for their work in Luckenwalde, for example for establishing a internet café in the Luckenwalde 'transition home'.


Christiane Witt, Official representative for integration in the district Teltow-Fläming
Brandenburg charter of the SJD
– Die Falken
Invisible Borders

This German-English translation has kindly been done for the project: Free translation of websites for NGOs and non-profit-making organisations. The translation agency Mondo Services has helped to manage this project and the translator Jakob Bahmann