Private Project

Representations of Escape

The film shows drawings made after symbols used by aid organizations and communities to communicate their work with refugees.
The film is based on the idea that you can tell the entire story of an escape through these icons and symbols. Some of them are are sophisticated others seem biased or clumsy. The drawings suggest universality whereas in fact they are based on given imagery.

Faroqhi choose to do drawings of the icons in order to enhance attentiveness to detail. The transformation of a subject through media is a recurring theme in Faroqhi & Peretz’ work.

The film states that it can be necessary to use images for communication even if you know their flaws and shortcomings.

  • Faroqhi, Anna
  • Faroqhi & Peretz
  • Faroqhi & Peretz
  • Anna Faroqhi
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Zeichen der Flucht
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 26, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    50 EUR
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  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
    February 1, 2016
Director Biography - Faroqhi, Anna

In her films, illustrations and educational / curatorial work Faroqhi chooses themes such as biography, architecture and history. Her work examines social issues and critically deals with the way images are being produced and received as well as how stories are being told. In her work a dialogue is being established between photographic and drawn images as ways of narrating fictions.
Anna Faroqhi is a Berlin-based filmmaker und illustrator. She has a training as a classical singer as well as in mathematics, physics and in film. Faroqhi’s body of work contains films, texts and illustrations as well as educational works and has been presented internationally in museums and art events.
Faroqhi teaches video for opera directors and singers at Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“ Berlin. She has given film seminars at Beit Berl Film School, Israel; St. Joseph University, Beirut; Cornell University, New York, Transart Institute Berlin and has been an advisor at Filmuniversität Potsdam. In 2009, she was a recipient of the Villa Aurora work stipend in Los Angeles.
Together with her husband and collaborator Haim Peretz, Faroqhi gives workshops in film and illustration for children and adults at various public schools, museums and institutions. The results of these workshops have been presented in public shows at museums, galleries or movie theatres curated by the artist duo.
Faroqhi sees her educational work – especially if participants come from underpriviledged and / or migration backgrounds - as an empowerment for participants to voice their own stories.
Faroqhi’s work has been shown Museum Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, Saalbau Neukölln Berlin, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, Manifesta Italy, New York Film Archives, Goethe Institute Tel Aviv etc.
She is currently working on a graphic novel on a woman’s fight against cancer. In collaboration with Haim Peretz she is working on a documentay on an educational architecture exchange project dealing with the ideas of the Bauhaus as well as on a portrait of a refugee home.

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