14 days in the favela „Morro do Papagaio“ – equipped with cameras, laptops, pens, paper and heads filled with creative ideas. The result is the first official ARTHELPS t-shirt-collection.
We spent two weeks in a favela in the Brazilian metropolis Belo Horizonte and together with children and adolescents, we worked on designs for our first t-shirt-collection.
The designs are being polished right now for the production. Further information will follow briefly.
Even without having the final results yet, we must say that the workshop has been totally worth the efforts –
just look at these pictures!
Here is the link to our project-diary.
Belo Horizonte / Brasil
Thomas Lupo, Tassilo Gutscher and Xavier Calvo Pedrosa
© ARTHELPS 2014
In a region in India where there is a high rate of unemployment and most of the people are poor and indigent, ARTHELPS arranged a creativity workshop. The result is a collection of bags that can be purchased in our store.
Wear a bag - support a person. The project made (in)dia took place in a sewing school in Chennai (Tamil Nadu, India), a school which employs and instructs predominantly women who suffer difficult living conditions. Some of them are victims of abuse, many have to support their families on their own because their children's fathers are not present or spend their wage on drugs and alcohol.
Other women who took part in the project were coming from a poor fishing village near by the sewing school. Together, the women developed and designed the motifs for the bags. In the sewing school, the bags were sewed manually.
The women's creativity was encouraged – and their confidence was strengthened. The workshop made them rediscover new aspects of their personality, come to terms with some of their problems and make new friends.
The project also bears fruit in the long run: With every sold bag, support flows back to India. A good portion of the revenues goes directly to the sewing school. For better working conditions, better education and new, exciting projects.
The bags can be purchased in our shop: ARTHELPS shop
Chennai / Indien
Katharina Geörger, Thomas Lupo, Tassilo Gutscher
22 adolescents without apprenticeship, enthusiastically creating art. They had to apply previously for one of the two workshops and were chosen by a panel. The two project weeks “Photography & Palettes” were aimed at encouraging the adolescents to discover their own capabilities and to independently create something new.
See art – through the cosmos of photography: the adolescents discover their surroundings from a different perspective. They learn to comprehend and to present themselves.
Create art – by the transformation of simple wooden palettes into real design furniture. The adolescents get involved, create something new and proudly present the results.
See.Create.Art took place with adolescents from the six cantons Zug, Schwyz, Nidwalden, Luzern, Obwalden and Uri, in the context of a “motivational semester”, financed by the unemployment insurance. Every year around 5000 adolescents and young adults take part in such workshops all around Switzerland. Most of them are young people who do not find anything they can do after finishing school, who cancelled their apprenticeship and who don't see any perspective for themselves.
On November 30th at 6 pm., a vernissage will take place in Stans, in the rooms of the Frey-Näpflin-Stiftung. Furthermore there is the opportunity to see the exhibition on the following dates:
Dec. 1st / 11 am. to 5 pm.
Dec. 7th / 2 pm. to 5 pm.
Dec. 8th / 11 am. to 5 pm.
Dec. 14th / 2 pm. to 5 pm.
Dec. 15th / 11 am. to 5 pm.
In addition, the exhibits will be shown in January 2014 at PHOTO14 in Zurich.
Tanja von Känel (ARTHELPS)
Christoph Eckert (Frey-Näpflin-Foundation)
Bernhard Bächinger (SEMO)
“My name is Giridscha and I am from the fishing village Thiruvanmiyur. I took the photo at the beach because I like to play there and because I like shells. My mother works hard for us. Therefore I am very thankful to her. I help her carrying water every day.” (Giridscha from India commenting on her picture)
Children from all around the world give us an unfiltered and very personal insight into their lives.
At the beginning of the Photo Parcel Project, ARTHELPS transformed parcels into pinhole cameras and sent them to children worldwide. The children made their photos by swinging open a pinhole, thus exposing a film that had been mounted into the parcel. Afterwards they sent the parcel back to ARTHELPS.
Many of the children who took part in the project live in poor countries or in socially difficult situations – also in Hamburg, Germany. The Photo Parcel Project gives them a voice. That way, they can take us with themselves into their world, showing it to us from their perspective.
A vernissage took place on October 17th in the kulturreich galerie in Hamburg (Germany).
worldwide, Hamburg (Germany)
GREGOR INTERNATIONAL CALENDAR AWARD "PHOTO AWARD" and "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE"
Thomas Lupo, Lennart Frank,
Ronka Oberhammer (project)
Sara Walz (vernissage)
SPONSORS OF THE PROJECT
RECONSTRUCT gives young people who face difficult living conditions a chance to find creative approaches for their own situation. The project encourages the adolescents and builds them up, helping them to newly discover their potentials. Old and seemingly useless (euro-)palettes are transformed into something completely new and useful. The art workshop is a cooperation of ARTHELPS and the think tank of the social company NEW WORK gGmbH.
RECONTRUCT means that creativity helps in all kinds of circumstances – there is always a solution and a way and the answer is in one's own creative power.
Together with 14 young people aged between 14 and 20 years, a housing space was created out of old wooden palettes.
In one week of hammering, sawing, measuring, polishing and screwing, unique objects and pieces of art were formed. And more than that: the adolescents brought something unimposing into being something great. In doing so, they rediscovered themselves and gained different perspectives for their future.
In preparation, the project “RECONSTRUCT” already gained recognition. At the sponsorship awards of the “Forum Region Stuttgart”, the project won the first prize in the category “Art and Culture”. The public German television ZDF aired a news report in their news broadcast “heute” on November 10th.
The objects that were brought into being by the adolescents were presented to the public in an exhibition.
Förderpreis des Forums Region Stuttgart. Category „Art and Culture"
Think Tank, NEW WORK gGmbH
Judith Böttiger (ARTHELPS)
Thomas Lupo (ARTHELPS)
Martin Tertelmann (New Work gGmbH).
One of the first ARTHELPS projects was dedicated to dirupting the unhealthy rythms of everyday life in the slums of Brazil where drugs, violence, poverty and unemployment often determine a child’s course. Thomas Lupo, co-founder and manager of the non-profit organization ARTHELPS, dove into this world with a goal of creating an artistic representation of slum-life from the perspective of the children who live there.
In daily workshops, Lupo offered basic artistic instructions through which the 8 -15 year-old children were able to transform their everyday lives into picture. Initially hesitant at the beginning, the children gained confidence and finally created haunting and authentic lifelike illustrations and photos.
The book PRA FORA / OUTWARD is the final documentation of the childrens‘ works. Sensitively and yet powerfully designed, it gives profound insights into the lives and feelings of the children.
The book has won several design awards as well as the German gold photo award (Deutscher Fotobuchpreis Gold). It was released through the renowned design publishing company HERMANN SCHMIDT MAINZ.
The proceeds of this book will benefit the children and adolescents in the slum of Morro do Papagaio in Brazil. The money will flow into the state education project Fica Vivo (portuguese for "Stay alive"). The goal is to enable the 12 - 24 year-old students a life without crime and drug trafficking by providing vocational training.
Instructions to break out
248 pages with over 1000 color illustrations proving that creativity can change the world.
Format 24 x 32 cm
Softcover with an 8-paged Envelope, screen printed packaging material with four colored sticker and stencil templates.
Here you can get the book online.
Favele Morro do Papagaio
in Belo Horizonte/Brazil
German Gold Photo Award
Red Dot Design Award
DDC Design Award (Gold)
ADC Design Award
Thomas Lupo (ARTHELPS)
In Switzerland „I Am“ gave eight young men in the prison system the opportunity to get to know a variety of creative techniques and the courage to find themselves.
The central question of the project, „Who am I, and what is inside of me?“ was meant to help the young men discover their artistic potential and express their response in a creative way.
In November of 2011, the works of the participants were exhibited in Chur, Switzerland, for a two- week art show. At the art opening, the young men were given the chance to proudly present their own art work. The project demonstrated in an impressive way, how truly helpful ARTHELPS is and the power potential art has for releasing capability for change.
The young incarcerated men, who stand on the edge of our society, found a way into the public eye through their own art, and found themselves the center of attention in a positive way. Unforgettable in our minds are the beaming faces of the „tough guys“. They, on the other hand, will most likely never forget the appreciation they experienced and the admiration of their very own skills which they received.
Through „I AM“, these young men asked themselves the question of identity. Every one of them formed a unique answer, but one central thing they will all take on their journey with them: a renewed confidence for the future.
Tanja von Känel (ARTHELPS)
Thomas Lupo (ARTHELPS)
„Insight“ enabled a new (and for some, perhaps the first) access to individual creative potential, thus helping the youth to discover their own inherent „somethings“ worthy of a platform.
For project „Insight“, we built pinhole cameras together with children and young people in Afghanistan. The cameras they built accompanied them into their daily lives. The resulting images impressively and playfully display the unfiltered world they inhabit. Besides photography, the opportunity to draw resulted in bold, honest images giving insight into how the young artists perceive their environment and what kind of desires and dreams they hold.
But not only that. The work of the project offered the viewers a completely new and rare view of the country in xxx. Because they are honest and true. They are neither influenced nor embossed by western nor local media and therefore don´t pursue political goals. They are the voice of the children and youth – nothing more and nothing less.
Thomas Lupo (ARTHELPS)
2011 we support and assist a short project in Africa with children from the slums of Melkbos beach on the outskirts of Cape Town.
Bertie, a young surf instructor, drives to Cape Town once a week in order to spend time with the kids of Melkbos Beach. Through various games, or simply by listening, he tries to help the kids, to give them security and sovereignty. Only a few of the children attend a public school, and many come from an unstable family background.
Together with Bertie´s help, we were able to get to know the kids who allowed us a window into their lives. Armed with disposable camers and given opportunity through workshops with paper, paint and other materials, the Melkbos kids‘ lives, wishes and dreams emerged on paper. It´s amazing and really inspiring, what kind of energy and joy lies in the children of Melkbos Beach despite their difficult living conditions. The images speak for themselves.
Melkbos Beach Kapstadt / South Africa
Julia Werner (ARTHELPS)