Doris Graf, in cooperation with the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Association for the Promotion of Christian Responsibility in Church and Society e.V. (recognised educational institution of the Federal Agency for Civic Education) and the Protestant Dietrich Bonhoeffer Parish Ostfildern.
Funding: Partnership for Democracy in Ostfildern (Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth), Bürgerstiftung Ostfildern, City of Ostfildern.
Worldwide, political pressure from the right has been growing over the last decades. National egoism, hatred of those who are different, the stoking of fears are dividing our society and endangering democratic state orders where they still exist. Politicians who are primarily concerned with gaining and maintaining power hate their political opponents, threaten them with violence and use it. They do not care about the common welfare of all citizens, which is the main task of democratic politicians.
This development is of great concern to many citizens. In order to stop such a political movement and to spread positive impulses for democracy and social cohesion in our society, the Stuttgart artist Doris Graf offers the art project “Me, Bonhoeffer”. Her idea is to present and exhibit the life and work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in a portrait in pictographic images, similar to CityX, by a dialogue with many participants like children, young people and adults.
The aim is to emphasis the importance of the basic political values of democracy, freedom, equality, justice, solidarity, for peaceful coexistence in a multicultural society through the remembrance of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s personality and his responsible actions. Democracy is to be promoted by remembering this person who stands as a role model for uncompromising, responsible and resistant behaviour in very, very difficult times and who also showed civil courage, honesty and the view “from below” from the perspective of the victims of a violent regime. Regardless of age, social status and nationality, people work together on a portrait. This connects and strengthens social cohesion. At the same time, this project also aims to draw attention to the inspiring richness for everyone’s individual development that society offers, which is composed of different cultures.