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LIMBO is a creative research collaboration between queer refugee community organizers/ artists, Framer Framed and Refugee Academy.

In collaboration, we aim to co-create meaningful knowledge on the challenges and resilience of queer refugees and the role of engaged scholarship. We are researching how 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). Collectively we work to make the space a safer environment for queer refugee stories and perspectives. On March 27 2022, an exhibition was opened for the public and stayed on display until May 8, 2022. 

If you are LGBTQIA+ and have a refugee experience, you can participate in any workshop for free. During the workshops in 2022 and the beginning of 2023, Alaaddin Ammar was part of the organising team to provide social support, connecting mental health, social health and art practices. Alaaddin has also introduced and instructed most of the workshop facilitators in the period of September 2022 until March 2023. From June 2023 onwards, Alaaddin occasionally organises semi-public art & rave events inspired by the LIMBO philosophy centring and celebrating queer refugees. 

Unfortunately, the LIMBO workshops had to pause due to health issues. After a period of healing, and reflecting on how to make the workshops more sustainable for the organising team. The workshops started again on the 25th of September 2023 until May 2024. All sixteen workshops in this last period will be facilitated by:

  • Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, creative writer, artist, workshop facilitator
  • Lana Jelenjev, workshop facilitator on community care, holding space / safer spaces
  • Sajad Salmanpour, research assistant, space holder

In Framer Framed
Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71
1093 KS Amsterdam

For more information:

Questions about train tickets or Framer Framed, you can ask: Noa Bawits (community engagement at Framer Framed and LIMBO budget holder). For questions about the research, you can ask: Sajad Salmanpour or Fabian Holle (PhD researcher in this project, initiator of LIMBO, artist). For questions about LIMBO art and rave events outside of Framer Framed, you can ask: Alaaddin Ammar (artist, space holder, community organizer).

Outside the workshops, Fabian or Sajad may ask participants to engage in conversations about creativity, queerness, refugees, experiences within this project or similar engagements with Dutch institutions, and life in the Netherlands. These interviews will inform Fabian’s PhD research on the role of engaged scholarship in the lives of queer refugees in the Netherlands. We aim to take the co-creative aspect of this project seriously, so we are hoping that participants will share their ideas, visions and concerns with us at any time, also outside of the interview!

In this video, we briefly explain the project and a main concept we use in our gatherings, which is 'holding space':

Booklet "LIMBO - queer exilic narratives"

We co-created a LIMBO booklet designed by Ariya. It entails most of the creative works, workshops, and reflections from the first period until the opening event on March 27, 2022. If you would like to have a (free) copy of the booklet, please send an e-mail to Sajad Salmanpour (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Workshops & Events

Creative workshops are/were given by: Alaaddin Ammar, Maha Youssef, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Sunni Lamin Barrow, Parisa Akbarzadehpoladi, Jerrold Saija, Kenza Badi, Rah Naqvi, Razan Hassan, Love Masisi, Ariya and others. 

2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

DEFIANCE DOLLS, with Rah Naqvi
Sunday, 13th of March 2022 - 13:00h 

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

OPENING EVENT, Organised by Mama Kil representing Sehaq Queer Refugees Group 
Sunday, 27th of March 2022 - 14:00h - 17:00h

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

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

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

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

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

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

VU VIEWS, presentation of art works and research
Monday, 27th of June 2022 - 16:00h - 18:00h

QUEER POETRY NIGHT, with Unwanted Words
Saturday, 6th of August 2022 - 17:00h - 19:00h

PHOTOVOICE, with Alaaddin Ammar
Sunday, 11th of September 2022 - 13:00h - 17:00h

SOUNDSCAPES, with Razan Hassan
Sunday, 18th & 25th of September 2022 - 13:00h - 17:00h

CONNECTING JOURNEYS, stitching timelines together with Fabian Holle
Sunday, 2nd & 9th of October 2022 - 13:00h - 17:00h

TALANOA FORUM, with Yuki Kihara
Sunday, 16th of October 2022 - 13:00h - 17:00h 

ASH RESHTE food & stories, with Sahar Jamshidi & Hossein Razbari
Sunday, 23rd of October 2022 - 13:00h - 17:00h 

COLLECTIVE BRAINSTORM, with Noa Bawits
Sunday, 30th of October 2022 - 13:00h - 17:00h 

EXHIBITION TOUR & PAINTING, with Noa Bawits
Sunday, 6th of November 2022 - 13:00h - 17:00h 

CONNECTING JOURNEYS, stitching timelines together with Fabian Holle
Sunday, 13th of November 2022 - 13:00h - 17:00h

MAKE UP FOR THE EYES OF THE SOUL, with Love Masisi 
Sunday, 27th of November 2022 - 13:00h - 17:00h

SYMBOLS & FEELINGS, a visual journey inwards, with Ariya
Sunday,  11th of December 2022 - 13:00h - 17:00h

END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION, organised by the LIMBO team
Sunday, 18th of December 2022- 17:00h - 20:00h

2023 

SYMBOLS & FEELINGS, a visual journey inwards, with Ariya
Sunday, 15th of January 2023 - 13:00h -17:00h

LIMBO queer safer celebration – secret location. 
Sunday, 22nd of January 2023 - 14:00h - 00:00h.

RELEASING ENERGY – drawing, ink and stories with Marwa Mezher
Sunday, 5th of February 2023 - 13:00h -17:00h 

RECYCOLOGY - upcycling clothes with Nojan & Fardad
Sunday, 19th of February 2023 - 13:00h -17:00h 

RECYCOLOGY - upcycling clothes with Nojan & Fardad
Sunday, 5th of March 2023 - 13:00h -17:00h 

NOWRUZ – Persian New Year celebration with Sajad, Nojan, Fardad, Ariya and others
Sunday, 19th of March 2023 - 13:00h -17:00h (cancelled)

Worldbuilding--an Artifact from the Future, with Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and Lana Jelenjev.
Monday, 25th of September 2023 - 17:30 - 20:30

Session Two: worldbuilding--origin stories for an imagined world with Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and Lana Jelenjev.
Monday, 9th of October 2023 - 17:30 - 20:30

Communal mapmaking for an imagined world with Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and Lana Jelenjev.
Monday, 23rd of October 2023 - 17:30 - 20:30

Monday, 6th of November 2023 - 17:30 - 20:30, with Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and Lana Jelenjev.

Sunday, 10th of December 2023 - 15:00 - 19:00, end of the year celebration

2024

Sunday, 21st of January 2024 - 14:00 - 17:00, workshop with Rochita Loenen-Ruiz.

Sunday, 28st of January 2024 - 15:00 - 17:00, Queer Open Stage act. 6

Sunday, 18th of February 2024 - 14:00 - 17:00, workshop with Rochita Loenen-Ruiz.

Sunday, 25th of February 2024 - 15:00 - 17:00, Queer Open Stage act. 7

Sunday, 10th of March 2024 - 14:00 - 17:00, with Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and Lana Jelenjev.

Sunday, 24th of March 2024 - 15:00 - 17:00, Queer Open Stage act. 8 (to be confirmed)

Sunday, 14th of April 2024 - 14:00 - 17:00, with Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and Lana Jelenjev.

Sunday, 21st of April 2024 - 15:00 - 17:00, Queer Open Stage act. 9 (to be confirmed)

Sunday, 12th of May 2024 - 14:00 - 17:00, with Lana Jelenjev.

Sunday, 19th of May 2024 - 15:00 - 17:00, Queer Open Stage act. 10 (to be confirmed)

Sunday, 9th of June 2024 - 14:00 - 17:00, with Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and Lana Jelenjev.

Sunday, 16th of June 2024 - 15:00 - 17:00, Queer Open Stage act. 11 (to be confirmed)

 

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