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Back to School with…Arna Mačkić - Session #3 with We Sell Reality

The third of three evening lectures, exploring the architecture of memory with Arna Mačkić and the social rebellion collective We Sell Reality. Tuesday 09 January 2024, 19:00 - 21:00 (Doors open and dinner served at 18:00)

The Architecture of Memory - We Sell Reality

We Sell Reality is a social rebellion label that is set up as a collective with an open-source character. We Sell Reality makes products and installations and creates performative interventions in public spaces. The team consists of around 15 social designers. Most members of the collective came here as refugees and are in limbo. The makeup of the team can change throughout various projects, those who would like to join is welcome.

For this lecture, We Sell Reality member Clinton and Hamo, will talk about the series of memorials that the collective recently organised. The first dedicated to Sudan, the second to Ethiopia and Eritrea and the third to the journey that refugees undertake. Through this series, We Sell Reality aimed to bring people together to process and grieve the impact of war, conflict and violence. Besides they want to inform people about the forgotten wars and struggles and get them engaged, as this is the world we share. 

We Sell Reality reflects on the paradox of closed borders for one and open borders for the other. For immigrants without wealth, these borders prove to be almost impossible to pass. Whereas the same borders are easy to pass for someone with a European passport, both physical and for trading purposes. We Sell Reality makes visible the dependency that occurs for some as a consequence of this paradox. The We Sell Reality team develops products and presentations with the aim of providing insight into the lives of undocumented refugees.

Projects by We Sell Reality give expression to a failing Europe and its asylum policy, but also to people’s will to live, disrupt, pride and love. We Sell Reality simultaneously makes the reality of vulnerable survivors visible and seductive. Where the market and the survival of the fittest apply, We Sell Reality shows the reality of people in the most vulnerable position.


18:00 - 18:45 Doors open, simple meal provided

19:00 - 19:10 Welcome by Independent School for the City

19:10 - 19:40 Introduction by Arna Mačkić

19:40 - 20:15 lecture by Clinton and Hamo of We Sell Reality

20:15 - 20:45 Conversation / rituals / questions from the audience

21:00 - 22:00 bar open for drinks