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At the end of 2015, the Museum of Islamic Art Berlin started the project "Multaka: Museum as Meeting Point – Refugees as Guides in Berlin Museums". In cooperation with three partner museums, Multaka trains refugees and immigrants with Syrian or Iraqi backgrounds as museum mediators, to develop and lead tours for other refugees and visitors in Arabic language.
In this Special Feature, twelve "Multakis" introduce exhibits, which are personally significant to them, and explain the related topics that they talk about in their guided tours.
For Zoya Masoud, it is an ideal example of a fruitful dialogue among different artistic traditions, cultures and religions in Syria.
The decoration in a private house reminds Razan Nassreddine of her childhood in Damascus and the architecture there.
Iraqi archaeologist Hussam Zahim Mohammed raises the awareness for the values of pre-Islamic heritage.
Kefah Ali Deeb explains how "Hadad" is used as an everyday expression, and how people are not aware of its ancient origin.
Mariam Bachich likes the gambling device from Constantinople that is related to ordinary people and their everyday lives.
Kenan Melhem is fascinated by how Canova is able to express the motion and beauty of a female body in a marble sculpture.
Rita Albahri connects the tragedy of German emigrants in 1858 with the Syrian refugees escaping war through the sea.
Bashar Almahfoud tells that the rebuilding of Germany gives Syrian visitors hope that their country could be rebuilt some day.
A collaboration between the Museum für Islamische Kunst, the Vorderasiatisches Museum, the Skulpturensammlung and Museum für Byzantinische Kunst and the Deutsches Historisches Museum.
Project direction: Prof. Dr. Stefan Weber (Director Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin), Salma Jreige, Hussam Zahim Mohammed, Cornelia Weber
Guided tours in German and English every Wednesday, and in Arabic every Saturday at 3 pm.
More information, including workshops, calendar, reservation:
Multaka website ►
Multaka: Treffpunkt Museum
c/o Museum für Islamische Kunst
10117 Berlin – Germany