The ritual act of re-connecting broken material to create a new image, in the form of a unique mosaic, echos my personal aspiration to connect people through the act of collaboration and handwork.
Today exactly one year ago we inaugurated the Climate Change Community Mosaic Project in Beijing. Initially 15 people from Beijing came together to deliberate about Climate Change and then design symbols for a mosaic on the basis of their discussion points. During the month of March 2022 they crafted these mosaics with their friends and the wider public to not only use cognitive processes but also physical action to penetrate the topic of climate change further. In the end about 60 citizens of Beijing/China participated and it was installed at the German Embassy school and community centre in Beijing on April 21, 2022.Dokumentation Deutsch (PDF) Documentation English (PDF)
Currently I am commissioned to facilitate a collaborative mosaic project for the Möckernkiez in Berlin. It will start tomorrow, April 22 with workshops for 32 participants of residents of house 1 to make mosaic tiles to decorate the entry area in their apartment builing.
Since 2014 I have conducted several other community mosaic projects in Turkey, Brazil and China. Some community mosaic projects I documented through videos. Please click on the photo to see more.
Project Beijing Moto 2021
About – project 116 – participants said:
Great project, great activity, great company, wonderful community art! Great Saturday! Thank you Gertrud.Paloma Sanchez
Refugee Women Community Mosaic Mural, Turkey March 2015
This movie received the “coup de coeur” prize of the ICCM (international Committee for the Conversation of Mosaics) in Barcelona 2017