From the Storytelling Workshop at Mosaik: a group of migrant filmmakers documented their daily lives on Lesvos with their mobile phones. It became a collective story about borders, repression, solidarity and resistance.
While working on Lesvos we noticed that many migrants are creators – of poetry, stories, music and other artforms. We see a need for small-scale publications in order to show a larger variety of stories and viewpoints and to help more people whose voices are usually silenced to publish their work.
We decided to open a small cross-cultural printing house where artists on Lesvos work together to create books for change. Using a Risograph printer – an innovative, cost-effective and extremely environmentally friendly machine – we intend to offer a space for creativity, learning and co-creation.
In order to do so, we received a grant from the European Cultural Foundation, making it possible to buy almost all the equipment and cover some of the running costs!
With the right equipment we are able to make high-quality publications on a small scale. Localizing the production will help us to be efficient, independent and democratic, while enabling participants to obtain technical skills related to design, printing and binding.
We want to discover the impact of small-scale and accessible publishing in order to advocate for a less capitalistic and more diverse approach to books and stories.
Besides the European Cultural Foundation, local branches of Kiwanis and the Soroptimists in The Netherlands also support the project.
Storytelling is resistance. By telling stories we challenge the world around us, and we create an alternative to the dominant narratives sold to us every day.
At boom boom tales we refuse to listen to the same stories all the time. So we make our own and support others to do so too.
We work together with people from all over the world, of any age and gender, to create stories, drawings, books, zines and other publications. Currently the project is based on Lesvos (Greece) where we work with refugees.