face art – face future, the program accompanying the exhibition “Ernst Barlach – Käthe Kollwitz” in Minsk, Kiev and St. Petersburg, will train young people to become exhibition ambassadors during a period of max. 5 weeks. During their training, these young ambassadors follow up key-questions of the two artists which are still up to date worldwide: social justice, ecological responsibility, peacekeeping, processes of change. As peerteamers, they share and discuss their work results with other young people in public performances and art-presentations. The program was conceived in Hamburg and together developed by art historians, art-mediators and artists from Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and Germany at the Train-The-Trainer-Conference in Minsk in October 2017.
A total of 20 trainers from Hamburg, Minsk, St. Petersburg and Kiev jointly discussed and defined the content and the methods regarding their work with the young exhibition ambassadors during the Train-The-Trainer conference from 2nd to 5th October 2017 in Minsk. In an intensive exchange, the artists, art-historians and art-mediators from the four countries examined the contexts of the exhibition for their relevance in relation to each country’s background and developed their own concepts of mediation.
In 25 hours of training, two groups of exhibition ambassadors take on the following tasks:
GROUP 1 develops a creative mediation concept together with art mediators devising lively strategies to ask about the current significance of the works of Barlach and Kollwitz and to discuss them with other young people.
GROUP 2 develops an independent art project in cooperation with contemporary multimedia artists refering to the exhibition “Beyond the Borders of Existence” and articulating own artistic messages. The highly designed film contributions shot by the young exhibition curators with their smartphones will be presented to the public in a special exhibition.
The ambassador training is free of charge for all adolescents and young adults aged 16 to 20, regardless of their education profile or school graduation level. At the end of their training, all exhibition ambassadors will receive an official certificate