Nawras is a non-profit organization founded in Berlin 2017 that seeks to ensure the continuity of immigrant art and culture. Nawras supports immigrant artists in Germany by creating opportunities and facilitating partnerships in an open and welcoming environment that helps artists to pursue their work both independently and in collaboration with others.
Our vision is to see immigrant artists practicing and producing their artwork through a conscious, fair, equal, and meaningful interaction with others in an effective and influential way within their new environment in Germany.
The founding group members of Nawras are Syrian and immigrant artists who live in Berlin and it is through their own experience that they understand those needs. Our main priority is to support immigrant artists in their new lived experiences in Germany, as we do not wish to promote the approach of simply evoking shallow curiosity or exploitation that have often been directed at immigrant artists in their new context. We seek to break the stereotype of what is “immigrant” and what is “artist” and to open up opportunities for artists to take ownership and present themselves.
Nawras is a space for establishing collaborations and networks based on mutual understanding and equality. With great respect to the professionalism of the represented artists, we encourage the presentation of immigrant cultural productions to a German and international audience. For this reason, it is crucial to provide a suitable environment for immigrant artists to help them pursue their artistic work without having to engage in specific agendas or themes steering them away from their personal artistic projects.