By Busi Ntsele

The field visit to Meraka Cultural Village reignited my passion for advocacy and transformation. When we arrived at Meraka, with our music playing from a small speaker connected to the phone, Mme Sebabatso came out in full smiles, moving to the beat, and teaching us how dance looked in the golden old days.

In the last issue (#4) of Errant Journal, Fabian Holle wrote an article about Creative Co-creation. In the article, Fabian tells about his personal journey and creative workshops in the LIMBO and their challenges in enabling and obstructing flow through creative co-creation. A full version of the paper in PDF.

For the last issue (#62) of FOAM Magazine, Fabian Holle and Alaa Ammar co-wrote a paper on building and holding safe(r) spaces. In their paper, they write more about co-organizing and co-creating LIMBO, and the different challenges and opportunities that arose in the process. A full version of the paper can be found here.

Since 2015, the study of refugee inclusion has become a booming business. However, research and policies are still quite disconnected from refugees’ lives. Reflective infrastructures can help refugees, other societal actors, and researchers collaborate on knowledge co-creation projects that address refugees’ and migrants’ real-life challenges and question taken-for-granted assumptions. Spaces like this, which include various perspectives, are essential to enable the reflexivity necessary to rethink policy and research to make a real difference.

On Monday June 27th, the LIMBO exhibition at VU Views at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will be opened to the public. LIMBO is an exhibition created as an accumulation of content made during a workshop series for and by queer/refugee/migrant community organizers & artists. The exhibition is the always evolving result of a creative research collaboration between Framer Framed, Refugee Academy (VU Amsterdam), Alaa Ammar and queer/refugee/migrant community organizers & artists.

As the LIMBO series final presentation ends on the 8th of May, Framer Framed interviews the co-creators Fabian Holle, Noa Bawits and participating artist Ariya about their take on the experience.

I’m humble and welcoming. I’m the mother of 2 boys and I arrived in South Africa in April 2010. I’m a professional hairdresser with a constant ambition to learn new things. As we say, life is a fight, I’m trying my best to face my challenges with faith and a positive mind. I love doing my work, and I do it with passion. I’m also looking for more support to fulfill my expectations. I like to cooperate with others and my relatives, to persevere… Together we can!

My life wasn't good. Throughout my youth, I always had tears in my life, but I knew somehow I would make it, I did my best to be who I am, and I am proud of myself, because nothing can stop me from moving forward. That’s why even now I am still studying to build and secure my future, even if is not easy. But I hope everything will be fine. YES I CAN!

My name is Linda, I was born in February 1988 into a family of 8 children – 5 girls and 3 boys. I’ve been married to Mr. Junior since 2016, and I have one girl of 3 three years and one of 9 months. I’m from the Democratic Republic of Congo, but I live in South Africa with my husband and my daughters.

With our research project ‘Engaged Scholarship and Narratives of Change’, we are committed to building a community of people who dedicate their academic, professional and/or personal lives to engaged scholarship. To keep you up-to-date about the latest developments within the project, we have started this series of newsletters.


Enabling and Obstructing Flow through Creative Co-Creation

In the last issue (#4) of Errant Journal, Fabian Holle wrote an article about Creative...

Safe Enough To Be Brave

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

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...