LIMBO – queer exilic narratives

LIMBO is a creative research collaboration between Framer FramedRefugee Academy and (queer/refugee/migrant) community organizers & artists. Creative workshops are given by: Maha Youssef, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Lamin Barrow, Parisa Akbarzadehpoladi, Jerrold Saija, Mala Badi & Sarah Naqvi. The opening event is organised by Mama Kil.  

In collaboration we aim to co-create meaningful knowledge on the challenges and resilience of queer refugees and the role of community engaged scholarship. Fabian Holle (PhD researcher) and Noa Bawits (Master student Sociology and education at Framer Framed) are researching how community engaged scholarship can be mutually beneficial in terms of knowledge and resources for those involved (the queer refugee community, the art institution, academia, community organizers and artists). The idea is to present (some of) the creative works at the end. We will decide together if you want to present (some of) the works you made in an exhibition that will be collaboratively put together. You may choose whether you would like to present your works with your (artistic) name, without your name or with a pseudonym.

In addition, you are welcome on Wednesdays between 12:00h and 17:00h in the same period to work further or to just hangout. However, there won’t be any activities planned on Wednesdays. Fabian and Noa will be (mostly) present on Wednesdays working on this project or related projects.

At some point, Fabian and/or Noa will ask you to engage in an interview about creativity, queerness, refugeeness, your experience within this project or similar engagements with Dutch institutions, and life in the Netherlands. These interviews will inform Noa’s master thesis and Fabian’s PhD research on the role of community engaged scholarship in the lives of queer refugees in the Netherlands. We aim to take the co-creative aspect of this project serious, so we are hoping that you will share your own ideas, visions and concerns with us at any time, also outside of the interview!

If you are queer and have a refugee background, you can participate in any workshop for free. Every Sunday from January 30th until March 27th at Framer Framed. Please contact Fabian Holle on FacebookInstagram or via e-mail ( for information and sign up.

Framer Framed
Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71
1093 KS Amsterdam


THE ART OF RESTRAINT – rope play & consent, with Maha Youssef
Sunday, 30 January 2022

STORY CREATION, with Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
Sunday, 6 February 2022
Sunday, 13 February 2022

POETRY, with Lamin Barrow
Sunday, 20 February 2022

BIOGRAPHICAL DRAWING, with Parisa Akbarzadehpoladi
Sunday, 20 February 2022
Sunday, 27 February 2022

FIMO CLAY – ancestral communication technology, with Jerrold Saija
Sunday, 6 March 2022

Sunday, 6 March 2022

DEFIANCE DOLLS, with Sarah Naqvi
Sunday, 13 March 2022

EXHIBITION-MAKING, with all collectively
Sunday, 20 March 2022

OPENING EVENT, with Mama Kil
Sunday, 27 March 2022