LebensBILD. bioGrafische Begegnungen

© Elena Pagel

…(“picture of life”) gives the participants the possibility to shape actively and under equal circumstances the urban society of Dresden via cultural and artistic education. The cultural city Dresden lives from arts in many respects, especially from free arts.

In the project take part various artists and illustrators from Dresden. They open their ateliers, show their art and their techniques to the participants and tell about the life as an artist or an illustrator. They pick a special biographic moment of their life, draw it and invite the participants to also tell and illustrate an episode of their life. The own life is visualized. The heterengenous life stories of the participants with and without migration background are linked through the common current life in Dresden and the exchange gives input to the cultural classification ot the own life story. The different cultures enter into dialogue in an artistic area while the inhibition threshold to enter such an art space is taken from the participants by the workshops in the ateliers and the further project events.

Continuously bringing together different social groups in differentiated meeting formats promotes the networking of the participants but also of the urban districts and the organisations. The participants and the artists/illustrators network, the normally guilty borders of language and peergroups are abolished and a new social connection arises.

The Project LebensBILD consists of five interactive events: atelier workshops, tandem sessions, meeting cafés, biography workshops and the street festival during the intercultural days.

The city Dresden  gets intensively explored in the project. The workshops take place in the ateliers of the 18 artists/illustrators which are distributed across the city. The meeting cafés and biography workshops in the rooms of the cooperation partners lead to further districts. In this way the participants get to know different regions of Dresden and various establishments which help people in different phases of life.

LebensBILD offers a barrier-free approach to art and the opportunity of intercultural exchange. The project is promoting democracy, underlining and demonstrating the meaning of several articles of the constitution (art. 12: occupational freedom, art. 5 par. 3: freedom of arts, art. 5 par. 1: freedom of expression, also in pictures).

Artists and illustrators


Atelier workshops

In their own studio an artist/illustrator shows her working techniques and works of art, tells her biography “My way to become an artist” and guides the participants to try things out for themselves.
The atelier workshops are open to women of all ages and backgrounds.


24.06.2020 | 16:00 Atelier workshop - Susanne Schrader
06.07.2020 | 19:00 Atelier workshop - Liane Hoder
10.07.2020 | 11:00 Atelier workshop - Annette von Bodecker
18.07.2020 | 10:00 Atelier workshop - Anja Maria Eisen
25.07.2020 | 14:00 Atelier workshop - Yini Tao
04.08.2020 | 10:00 Atelier workshop - Johanna Failer
19.08.2020 | 14:00 Atelier workshop - Antje Dennewitz
20.08.2020 | 16:00 Atelier workshop - Elena Pagel
09.09.2020 | 14:00 Atelier workshop - Xenia Gorodnia
12.09.2020 | 14:00 Atelier workshop - Nazanin Zandi
19.09.2020 | 14:00 Atelier workshop - Anne Rosinski
02.10.2020 | 10:00 Atelier workshop - Alma Weber
17.10.2020 | 14:00 Atelier workshop - Rosa Brockelt
22.10.2020 | 14:00 Atelier workshop - Daniela Veit
27.10.2020 | 14:00 Atelier workshop - Ines Hofmann
30.10.2020 | 14:00 Atelier workshop - Annij Zielke
05.11.2020 | 10:00 Atelier workshop - Paula Huhle
14.11.2020 | 14:00 Atelier workshop - Anne Ibelings
20.11.2020 | 10:00 Atelier workshop - Luisa Stenzel
25.11.2020 | 14:00 Atelier workshop - Daniela Veit
28.11.2020 | 14:00 Atelier workshop - Effi Mora
09.12.2020 | 14:00 Atelier workshop - Henrike Terheyden
Biography workshops

In the rooms of the cooperation partners, guests of a partner organisation (e.g. retirement home, youth club or association in the district) meet with the artists/illustrators and participants, tell biographical moments and illustrate them.


14.07.2020 | 10:00 Biography workshop at the Johannstädter Kulturtreff
08.08.2020 | 14:00 Biography workshop at the Putjatinhaus
14.09.2020 | 15:00 Biography workshop at the VHS
07.10.2020 | 16:00 Biography workshop at EMMERS
03.11.2020 | 15:00 Biography workshop at SPIKE
02.12.2020 | 10:00 Biography workshop with MEDEA at Omse e.V.
Tandem meetings

An artist/illustrator and a participant exchange information about their lives, talk about special biographical moments and translate them graphically.

The dates were agreed between the participants and the artists/illustrators.

Meeting cafés

Each meeting takes place in a different part of Dresden where our cooperation partners open their rooms. Artists and guests discuss different topics over coffee and cake and exchange their perspectives and experiences.


14.07.2020 | 14:00 Meeting café at the Johannstädter Kulturtreff
08.08.2020 | 10:00 Meeting café at Putjatinhaus
12.08.2020 | 15:00 Meeting café at EMMERS
27.08.2020 | 13:00 Meeting café at SPIKE
23.09.2020 | 10:00 Meeting café at MEDEA International
29.09.2020 | 15:30 Meeting café at the VHS
16.10.2020 | 14:00 Meeting café at the Frauenstadtarchiv
26.11.2020 | 16:00 Meeting café at Café Halva
Exhibitons in different libraries

Beginning in December, the project will be presented to the public: in several branches of the Dresden Municipal Libraries, exhibitions will take place. They present the works that have been created, provide a retrospective of the various events, and invite visitors to bio-graphic encounters. The exhibition in the central cibrary in the Kulturpalast will open with a vernissage on December 5th.


Die Termine werden bald bekannt gegeben.


This is how the passed events looked like:

This is what the participants said about the events:

“Thank you for the invitation and opportunity to paint in this magical atmosphere.”

“Thank you so much for having me here today. Traveling to another world for three hours. How inspiring!”

“Stirring, overwhelming, inspiring, moving. Thank you!”

LebensBILD. Biografische Begegnungen



Project participants
Dr. Verena Böll (project management leader)
Elena Pagel (artistic project manager)
Nazanin Zandi (artistic project manager)
Artists and illustrators from Dresden

Cooperation partners und partner organisations
MEDEA International – FMGZ MEDEA e.V.
Johannstädter Kulturtreff e.V.
Förderverein Putjatinhaus e.V.
Volkshochschule Dresden e.V.
SPIKE Dresden
Stadtteilzentrum Emmers
Frauenstadtarchiv Dresden
Café Halva
Omse e.V.

Supported by

This measure is co-financed by tax revenues on the basis of the budget adopted by the Saxon State Parliament as part of the State Programme Integrative Measures.

The project is funded by House of Resources Dresden.

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