Travelling embassy for asylum seekers who have exhausted all legal means in Boijmans

Manon van Hoeckel, In Limbo Embassy, 2015

Press release 

Travelling embassy for asylum seekers who have exhausted all legal means in Boijmans
18 November 2015

Following Amsterdam and Eindhoven, In Limbo Embassy will descend on the courtyard of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. This initiative by artist Manon van Hoeckel can be seen in Rotterdam from 24 to 29 November as part of Design Column #11 Migration Matters. This travelling embassy represents the group of undocumented persons who may not remain in the Netherlands but cannot return to their land of origin. They are inviting the visitor to enter into discussions with them.

In Limbo Embassy was founded for people who literally have nowhere to go. For people who have not only become stateless, but also appear to have lost their voice in the debate about asylum. The embassy gives them back that position and in addition initiates the conversation. The embassy has already generated considerable attention in the media and was featured in the VPRO television programme Tegenlicht: Gimme Shelter. The project will return to Rotterdam in December. On Saturday 12 December, In Limbo Embassy will also be operational during the Rotterdam Debate Night in Arminius.

Design Column #11 Migration Matters
Every three months, a subject from the news is singled out in Design Column and a small exhibition in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen gives additional background to the subject. The column is a place where designers and artists are exhibited who are searching for unusual solutions to current issues. In Design Column #11 Migration Matters, the museum is exhibiting both practical solutions and innovative concepts that address the refugee problem. Included in the presentation are Better Shelter, an initiative of IKEA and UHNCR, Bas Timmer and Alexander de Groot, Femke Herregraven, Stefania Vulpi, Eisuke Tachikawa, Toshiyuki Nakaie, Kaori Hasegawa, Guillaume Couche, Rodrigo Garcia Conzalez and Pierre Paslier. Follow the discussion via:

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The Design Column has been developed with the support of the Creative Industries Fund NL and the BankGiro Loterij.