Soap bubbles should be allowed to grow and expand until they can't anymore, without anyone trying to pop them or catch them.
Children frequently appear as motifs in our work, and there's a reason for that. Children represent the future and inspire us to see things from a different perspective. They approach things innocently and naively. They paint themselves, play hide-and-seek, or have water gun fights. As harmless soldiers playing pretend, they are blissfully unaware of what is happening in the world and what they will have to face later in life. It is up to us to protect them with everything we have.
In a way, children in this world are like soap bubbles. They should be allowed to grow and expand until they can't anymore, without anyone trying to pop them or catch them.
For this commissioned work, a housing association in Berlin Hellersdorf-Marzahn approached us with a request to design and implement an artistic concept for a passageway. We had total artistic freedom during the project and decided on a combination of painted children blowing bubbles with Kerim's signature cityscape to create a graphic contrast.
We met a variety of people while working on the passageway, including busy businessmen, nice couples on walks, and children who are growing up under difficult socioeconomic conditions. We talked to people of all ages about our artwork and got involved in a lot of conversations while painting. While our vision was materializing on the walls, we got a glimpse of the realities of the people living on that side of the city.