The School of Girls I – Urban Experts (2016)

To investigate living together in postmigrant Hamburg, Maike Gunsilius founded The School of Girls with twelve female students from Schule auf der Veddel, a secondary school in the Veddel quarter Hamburg. With artistic interventions and in video and live tutorials, they explored their everyday practices such as baking, brewing tea, putting on a hijab, playing football, etcetera as urban expertise and as citizen practices. During the research process, the students position and agency within the research set-up and the power relations and practices between girls and adult women came into focus. This aspect was explored further and presented later within a lecture performance. Maike Gunsilius, The School of Girls I – Urban Experts, 2016, Hamburg