At the end of 2015, the Museum of Islamic Art Berlin started the project "Multaka: Museum as Meeting Point – Refugees as Guides in Berlin Museums". In cooperation with three partner museums, Multaka trains refugees and immigrants with Syrian or Iraqi backgrounds as museum mediators, to develop and lead tours for other refugees and visitors in Arabic language. (more about, see below)
In this Special Feature, twelve "Multakis" introduce exhibits, which are personally significant to them, and explain the related topics that they talk about in their guided tours.
For Zoya Masoud, it is an ideal example of a fruitful dialogue among different artistic traditions, cultures and religions in Syria.
The decoration in a private house reminds Razan Nassreddine of her childhood in Damascus and the architecture there.
Iraqi archaeologist Hussam Zahim Mohammed raises the awareness for the values of pre-Islamic heritage.
Kefah Ali Deeb explains how "Hadad" is used as an everyday expression, and how people are not aware of its ancient origin.
Mariam Bachich likes the gambling device from Constantinople that is related to ordinary people and their everyday lives.
Kenan Melhem is fascinated by how Canova is able to express the motion and beauty of a female body in a marble sculpture.
Rita Albahri connects the tragedy of German emigrants in 1858 with the Syrian refugees escaping war through the sea.
Bashar Almahfoud tells that the rebuilding of Germany gives Syrian visitors hope that their country could be rebuilt some day.
Cooperation partners: Museum für Islamische Kunst, Vorderasiatisches Museum, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst and the Education, Outreach and Visitor Services Department of the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Deutsches Historisches Museum and its Education and Communication Department
Project direction: Prof. Dr. Stefan Weber (Director Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin), Robert Winkler, Salma Jreige, Cornelia Weber