Art & Children's Rights Event

Artists for Children's Rights

November, 2016 to June, 2017


Dedicated to:

Children on the run

particularly to the:

UN - Convention on the Rights of the Child

Article 37 (Detention)
Article 38 (War and armed conflicts)

Art - a message of love

MOTHER LOVE is the third Art & Rights event of our series VOICE OF ART. In this Art & Children's Rights event we dedicate ourselves to the challenge of the theme transcendentally.

An international group of prestigious artists have faced the task of channeling a universal force through current works, whose facet richness ranges from the smile of a child, the love of a mother, a father to their children, to a power that unites people across boundaries and cultural differences to one - MOTHER LOVE.

The exhibition presents itself in various forms and will tour through different environments. The works of the artists unfold their force comprehensive and uniting. During the opening of the event, their works, lovingly and protectively, provide a framework for the paintings of children from the Arbat refugee camp near Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq. Furthermore the exhibition acts as an ambassador for the power of art as a valuable element for a peaceful dialogue within public and political discourses. For the opening of the event and exhibition a catalogue will be released.

The Artists



Exhibition | Opening

International Day of the UN-Convention on the Rights of the Child

Sunday | 20 November, 2016 | 4 to 6 PM


Photo © Lars Wiedemann



WESTPHAL BERLIN | Kunst und Projekte
Kurfürstendamm 207/208
10719 Berlin



Press reception and Kick off

Our opening is the kick off to the event and includes a press reception for the project. We warmly invite journalists and all friends of our series VOICE OF ART to share this moment together with us and we are looking forward to welcome you.


21 to 28 November, 2016

EVENT | Initiative

Educational youth programme

We invite Berlin schools to discuss the topics refugee, war, displacement and article 37 & 38 of the UN - Convention on the Rights of the Child in an additional educational programme with their students. We are providing a first introduction to these subjects, in the frame of our exhibition, and furthermore a support by teaching materials, composed by UNICEF Berlin. Our aim is to promote an open discussion with young people to these important topics in order to prevent cut and dried opinions and racism.


Gefördert von ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL im Auftrag des BMZ

Exhibition Tour

MOTHER LOVE | Berlinale 2017

10 to 17 February 2017 | 11 am to 7 pm

Winter garden of the "Refugee Film Cafe"
Potsdamer Platz, Stresemannstraße 95, 16. Stock
10963 Berlin

On occasion of the Berlinale 2017 from the 10th to 17th of February, the exhibition MOTHER LOVE resides in the winter garden of the "Refugee Film Cafe" on the 16th floor with a view over the rooftops of Berlin and amidst of the pulsating activities of the famous film festival BERLINALE at the Potsdamer Platz.

The "Refugee Film Café" welcomes the international visitors of the Berlinale and the Berliners and invites you to a dialogue - about actors, films, cinema in general, international film and media culture as well as the situation of the new arrivals in our city, in Germany and in Europe. Film screenings of selected short and long films from refugee countries will provide an additional perspective on the current filming of migrants.

MOTHER LOVE | Beirut, Lebanon

© Artist Sibylle Prange, MOTHER EARTH I


Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom

Habib Bacha Street
Building Loft 1314 (near the Lycée Français)
Achrafieh, Beirut, Libanon



Thursday | 27 April, 2017 | 6.30 pm


Art and political participation | "Liberal Alphabet"

The office of the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom | FNF Lebanon and Syria solemnly opens the new series "Liberal Alphabet", starting with the letter A = Art and political participation.

In this context the exhibition MOTHER LOVE is invited to represent the subject of art and political participation. In doing so, she stands comprehensive for the goals of our entire series VOICE OF ART, in which MOTHER LOVE is the third event.

VOICE OF ART is committed to establishing a sustainable awareness of the UN-Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as strengthening the power and importance of art for elementary social, political processes and to enrich the public discourse on the basis of a peaceful dialogue.

Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom | FNF Lebanon and Syria


The event is concluded with various actions around the World Refugee Day 2017.


20 June, 2017

© Artist Shorsh Saleh, O.T.
MOTHER LOVE | International Call
Share your vision

MOTHER LOVE has many faces. She is a universal force whose facet richness ranges from the smile of a child, the love of a mother, a father to their children, to a power that unites people across boundaries and cultural differences to one.

Share your vision with us on Twitter


Hashtag #FutureVoice_Int, #MotherLove

MOTHER LOVE | #MuseumWeek 2017

Virtual exhibition | Worldwide | 22 June, 2017

#MuseumWeek is the first worldwide cultural event on social networks celebrating and showcasing all things from cultural institutions over 7 days, 7 themes, 7 hashtags!

It will provide an opportunity for them to share and discuss their special passions with the public on social networks, using hashtags dedicated to the event. Last year, audiences have been able to engage with a massive, wide and versatile cultural production: in one week, 664.000 tweets were seen more than 294 million times!

#MuseumWeek is hosted over 19 to 25 June 2017 and is dedicated to the topic: A tribute to women | #WomenMW. We will post the exhibition MOTHER LOVE on 22 June, 2017 on Twitter under the Hashtag #StoriesMW.

MOTHER LOVE | Berlin, Germany

© Artist Alois Thomas, MOTHER LOVE I


According to the UNHCR Midyear Report 2016, around 64 million people were on the run worldwide. They fled war, political and religious persecution, human rights violations and humanitarian disasters. According to the human rights organization Pro Asyl, 2016 at least 5,096 people died during the passage in the Mediterranean sea or are missing. And it must be feared that this terrible situation will continue in 2017: >

The exhibition MOTHER LOVE will be presented at the end of the event as part of a church service for the dead at the EU borders.


Church service for the dead at the EU borders
Friday | 23 June, 2017 | 7 pm

© Kirche St. Canisius, Photo Stefan Mueller


Kath. Kirchengemeinde St. Canisius

Witzlebenstr. 30
14057 Berlin-Charlottenburg


Ecumenical service to the day of the refugee

The Protestant Church Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische Oberlausitz (EKBO) und the Archbishopric of Berlin, together with the association Asyl in der Kirche Berlin, the Jesuit Refugee Service and the Community of St. Egidio invite you to an ecumenical service. The ecumenical service to commemorate the deceased at the EU's external borders provides an opportunity for grief, reflection and hope. It is already taking place for the sixth time on the occasion of World Refugee Day. Invited are refugees, their supporters and interested parties.


This event is part of our series VOICE OF ART


© Artist Ana Lessing Menjibar, DIE UMARMUNG