LIMBO is a creative research collaboration between Framer Framed, Refugee Academy, Alaa Ammar for psychological first aid and (queer/refugee/migrant) community organizers & artists. Creative workshops are given by: Maha Youssef, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Lamin Barrow, Parisa Akbarzadehpoladi, Jerrold Saija, Mala Badi & Sarah Naqvi. The opening event is organised by Mama Kil representing Sehaq Queer Refugees Group. 

In collaboration we aim to co-create meaningful knowledge on the challenges and resilience of queer refugees and the role of community engaged scholarship. Fabian Holle (PhD researcher) and Noa Bawits (Master student Sociology and education at Framer Framed) are researching how community engaged scholarship can be mutually beneficial in terms of knowledge and resources for those involved (the queer refugee community, the art institution, academia, community organizers and artists). During the workshops, Alaa Ammar is present to provide (psychological) first aid, and social support. Alaa also contributes in making connections between mental health, social health and art practices. Collectively we work to make the space a safer environment. The idea is to present (some of) the creative works at the end. Participants will decide if and what they want to present in an exhibition that will be collaboratively put together. Participants may choose whether they would like to present their works with their (artistic) name, without their name or with a pseudonym. On March 27, the exhibition will be opened for the public with an event, and stay on display until May 8, 2022. In May and June there are more workshops organized before the summer break. In September 2022 the workshop series will continue on Sundays.

At some point, Fabian and/or Noa will ask participants to engage in an interview about creativity, queerness, refugeeness, experiences within this project or similar engagements with Dutch institutions, and life in the Netherlands. These interviews will inform Noa’s master thesis and Fabian’s PhD research on the role of community engaged scholarship in the lives of queer refugees in the Netherlands. We aim to take the co-creative aspect of this project serious, so we are hoping that participants will share their ideas, visions and concerns with us at any time, also outside of the interview!

If you are queer and have a refugee background, you can participate in any workshop for free. Almost every Sunday at Framer Framed. Please contact Fabian Holle on Facebook, Instagram or via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for information and sign up.  

Framer Framed
Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71
1093 KS Amsterdam


THE ART OF RESTRAINT - rope play & consent, with Maha Youssef
Sunday, 30 January 2022 - 13:00h - 16:30h 

STORY CREATION, with Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
Sunday, 6 February 2022 - 13:00h - 16:00h
Sunday, 13 February 2022 - 13:00h - 16:00h

POETRY, with Lamin Barrow
Sunday, 20 February 2022 - 13:00h (together with Parisa Akbarzadehpoladi)

BIOGRAPHICAL DRAWING, with Parisa Akbarzadehpoladi
Sunday, 20 February 2022 - 13:00h (after Lamin Barrow) 
Sunday, 27 February 2022 - 13:00h 

FIMO CLAY - ancestral communication technology, with Jerrold Saija
Sunday, 6 March 2022 - 13:00h (together with Mala Badi)

CLOWNING, with Mala Badi
Sunday, 6 March 2022 - 13:00h (together with Jerrold Saija) 

DEFIANCE DOLLS, with Sarah Naqvi
Sunday, 13 March 2022 - 13:00h 

EXHIBITION-MAKING, with all collectively
Sunday, 20 March 2022 - 13:00h 

OPENING EVENT, with Sehaq Queer Refugees Group
Sunday, 27 March 2022 - 14:00h - 17:00h

FINISSAGE, with all collectively
Sunday, 8 May 2022 - 14:00h - 17:00h

SAFER SPACE RITUAL MAKING, with Sarah Tazit and Fabian Holle
Sunday, 15 May 2022 - 14:00h - 17:00h

COLLAGE, with Alaa Ammar and Fabian Holle
Sunday, 29 May 2022 - 14:00h - 17:00h 

PHOTOVOICE, with Alaa Ammar and Fabian Holle
Sunday, 5 June 2022 - 14:00h - 17:00h

FOOD AND STORIES, with Alaa Ammar
Sunday, 12 June 2022 - 14:00h - 17:00h

POETRY, with Lamin Barrow
Sunday, 26 June 2022 - 13:00h 



Safe Enough To Be Brave

For the last issue (#62) of FOAM Magazine, Fabian Holle and Alaa Ammar co-wrote a paper...

Queer Poetry Night x LIMBO

Join us for an evening of queer stories and interactions during the Queer Poetry Night...

DEFIANCE DOLLS, with Sarah Naqvi

The tactility of objects, fabric, and hand stitching, have a universal language with a...

CLOWNING, with Mala Badi

Clowning: a workshop about clowning and the making of joy within the practice of...

FIMO CLAY - ancestral communication technology, with Jerrold Saija

In this workshop, I will give a short introduction what Ancestral communication...

BIOGRAPHICAL DRAWING, with Parisa Akbarzadehpoladi

Themes such as 'women's challenges, sexuality and new environments' being highlighted in...

POETRY, with Lamin Barrow

For this workshop, our focus would be on exploring the basics of building a poem....

STORY CREATION, with Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Rochita's workshop practice is influenced by Adrienne Maree Brown, by Edouard Glissant’s...

THE ART OF RESTRAINT - rope play & consent, with Maha Youssef

In this workshop Maha will talk about, and practice together, with rope play, role play...