LebensBILD. bioGrafische Begegnungen

LebensBILD („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 18 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.

© Elena Pagel

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).

News aus dem Projekt


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.


24. June 2020 | 16:00
Atelier workshop - Susanne Schrader

6. July 2020 | 19:00
Atelier workshop - Liane Hoder

10. July 2020 | 11:00
Atelier workshop - Annette von Bodecker

18. July 2020 | 10:00
Atelier workshop - Anja Maria Eisen

25. July 2020 | 14:00
Atelier workshop - Yini Tao

4. August 2020 | 10:00
Atelier workshop - Johanna Failer

19. August 2020 | 14:00
Atelier workshop - Antje Dennewitz

20. August 2020 | 16:00
Atelier workshop - Elena Pagel

9. September 2020 | 14:00
Atelier workshop - Xenia Gorodnia

12. September 2020 | 14:00
Atelier workshop - Nazanin Zandi

19. September 2020 | 14:00
Atelier workshop - Anne Rosinski

2. October 2020 | 10:00
Atelier workshop - Alma Weber

17. October 2020 | 14:00
Atelier workshop - Rosa Brockelt

22. October 2020 | 14:00
Atelier workshop - Daniela Veit

27. October 2020 | 14:00
Atelier workshop - Ines Hofmann

30. October 2020 | 14:00
Atelier workshop - Annij Zielke

5. November 2020 | 10:00
Atelier workshop - Paula Huhle

14. November 2020 | 14:00
Atelier workshop - Anne Ibelings

28. November 2020 | 14:00
Atelier workshop - Effi Mora


Meeting cafés

Every meeting takes place in a different district of Dresden. Our cooperation partners open their rooms and under the motto "Art and its social significance" artists and guests discuss different perspectives and experiences while having coffee and cake.


14. July 2020 | 14:00
Meeting café at the Johannstädter Kulturtreff

8. August 2020 | 10:00
Meeting café at Putjatinhaus

12. August 2020 | 15:00
Meeting café at EMMERS

27. August 2020 | 13:00
Meeting café at SPIKE

23. September 2020 | 10:00
Meeting café at MEDEA International

29. September 2020 | 15:30
Meeting café at the VHS

16. October 2020 | 14:00
Meeting café at the Frauenstadtarchiv

26. November 2020 | 16:00
Meeting café at Café Halva




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. July 2020 | 10:00
Biography workshop at the Johannstädter Kulturtreff

8. August 2020 | 14:00
Biography workshop at the Putjatinhaus

14. September 2020 | 15:00
Biography workshop at the VHS

7. October 2020 | 16:00
Biography workshop at EMMERS

3. November 2020 | 15:00
Biography workshop at SPIKE

2. December 2020 | 10:00
Biography workshop at MEDEA


Tandem meetings

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

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

Registration for events

Especially due to the current corona regulations, we are always able to determine the group size at the events only shortly before the event. A registration is always possible only two weeks before the event.

Ich möchte gerne an folgender Veranstaltung teilnehmen:
I would like to participate in the following event:

Ich wünsche eine Dolmetscherin für
I would like an interpreter for

Mein Name My name

Meine Email-Adresse oder Telefonnummer My email address or phone number

Bei allen Veranstaltungen gibt es nur eine begrenzte Anzahl an Plätzen. Die Organisatorinnen schreiben Dir bald, ob Deine Teilnahme möglich ist.

For all events there is only a limited number of seats available. The organisers will write to you soon to find out whether your participation is possible.

LebensBILD. bioGrafische Begegnungen.



Project participants

Dr. Verena Böll (Project manager)
Elena Pagel (artistic driection)
Nazanin Zandi (artistic direction)

Cooperation partners

MEDEA International – FMGZ MEDEA e.V.
Johannstädter Kulturtreff e.V.
Förderverein Putjatinhaus e.V.
Volkshochschule Dresden e.V.


SPIKE Dresden
Stadtteilzentrum Emmers


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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