ABOUT AVIA

At first it was just a vague idea. In 2020, during the first weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, I had just returned from the ERASMUS programm and had no plans for what to do next. Instead, I suddenly had a lot of time. Time to reflect and to have in-depth discussions with friends. We kept coming back to our political commitments and our grand-mothers.

Everyone can associate the word grandmother with something. Our view of the world is influenced primarily by our parents, but also by our grandparents. Whether we know our grandparents or not, whether we get on well with them or not, the history of our own grandparents is also part of our own history. Grandparents in themselves do not necessarily play a role in education, but they can help young people find their way, be an important support and become people with whom we can establish a relationship of trust.Why should I limit myself to my grandmothers? I'm sure there are many more stories of grandmothers and granddaughters to tell! I followed the advice of a friend: "You have an idea, tell it!"

Why are stories about grandmothers and granddaughters interesting at the moment? In Europe, but also in the rest of the world, we are facing great challenges. Challenges that we have never experienced before, such as climate change and digitalisation. But there are also challenges that we are already experiencing on the European continent: the rise of nationalism, populism and above all the fear of the 'other'. With the AVIA project, I would like to stop for a moment. The aim is to bring together women who have worked in the shadows for decades, who have left their mark on the social environment and who have taken care of many, with young women who are now taking on a lot of responsibility to move society forward.

Who is behind AVIA

MAGALI HÜBERS

Hi, my name is Magali (26), I am from Strasbourg, I feel at home in Berlin, and I am currently working in Brussels. I am half German - half French. When I meet new people, I introduce myself exactly the same way: as a French-German.

I studied European politics, German, French and English are my everyday languages. In fact, for a while I took my Europeanness for granted. Personal discussions with my grandmothers also taught me that a Europe as I knew it was not a given. I am particularly fascinated by the fact that our personal histories as Europeans are always closely linked to the history of Europe. This is how the idea for this project came about. With AVIA, a Family Matter, I want to collect some countless fascinating stories of women from the most diverse regions of Europe.

WOJTEK SOKOLOW

Hello, my name is Wojtek. I come from Gdańsk, Poland. Before I came to Brussels for six months, I worked in the city hall of Gdańsk. I love graphic design and I had the opportunity to design the logo for AVIA and improve my skills in the field I want to work in.

The logo is inspired by South Korean art. I lived in China for three years and am passionate about the culture and history of the country. Overall, the cultures of the Asian region inspire me. In Brussels, I try to continue practising my Mandarin, which I have been learning for five years.

 

MARIA ANDRESEN

Hi, I'm Maria! I'm currently traveling around Europe in my van, working as a freelancer from the road, and I'm very grateful for the opportunity to discover new, beautiful corners and meet different people every day. Magali and I studied together. When we met spontaneously in Portugal again, last year, and she told me about AVIA, I immediately was excited to learn more about the project!

When I travel, I often get to talk to older people. Michel (around 80 years old) once told me in the french Bretagne, that fresh seaweed has been considered a healthy delicacy for a long time and that he finds it sad that young people often only get involved with local plants and herbs because of the "superfood marketing boom". In 2017, the canadian couple Paul and Elise let me in on their secrets to young and fresh skin with their mid-70s (one of the secrets is to swim in the ocean every day!), while I updated their website as a thank you for their wisdom. A few years ago in New Zealand, I worked for a very religious retired couple with whom I discussed religion and traditions a lot in the evenings, and recently in Spain I met a large group of friends from Germany who were already roadtripping around Morocco in self-built vans, motorhomes and trucks before they retired and have endless travel stories to tell. I am looking forward to the many, exciting stories that can be told through AVIA and am happy to be part of the project!

CRISTINA PALAMARU

Hi,
I am Cristina and I am currently studying Software Engineering. For me, programming is more than just a logical science, but a creative way to express yourself and your ideas in the digital world.

I decided to create the website for AVIA because I feel that in modern society we are more and more in a hurry and turning away from our true values.
AVIA öffnet uns eine Tür, um uns mit der echten europäischen Familienkultur zu verbinden und die jüngste Geschichte durch die Erfahrungen unserer Großmütter zu verstehen.

AVIA is more than a project, it is a living history, filled with emotions and the life perspective of different generations.

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