Team KÖNIGE barbara caveng | Iyas Sari | Larissa Hermanns | Dachil Sado | Basim Basher

Since August 14th KUNSTASYL is a registered association. Initiates file download> download of the statutes of the association in german version

barbara caveng founded KUNSTASYL, an initiative of artists, creatives and asylum seekers, in 2015. Since then she has been developping the project together with Dachil Sado and Aymen Montasser.



barbara caveng - photo Joachim Gern

barbara caveng

studied from 1982- 86 at the Hochschule für Musik & darstellende Kunst in Graz.
Lives and works since 91 as independent visuaL artist focusing on participatory art in Berlin and everywhere.

more about the artistic work on

Dachil Sado

Finished High School 2014 in Iraq.

He Worked as a translator with the "Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs" and “US advisors”. Dachil Sado was head of the Kurdish student association in Shingal, teaching IT- skills.

Dachil lived between February and September 2015 in the shelter for people on the move & Asylumseekers  in Berlin-Spandau. Since April 2015 Dachil is team member of KUNSTASYL and since July in the board of KUNSTASYL e.V.

2016 he attended for one semester lectures for Civil Engineering at TU Berlin.

Currently Dachil Sado co-curates the exhibition project "at home: glances into fugitive lifes", a commun artproject by the Museum of European Cultures in Berlin and KUNSTASYL. In october 2016 Dachil will start his studies in the foundation class of the Weißensee Art Academy in Berlin.

Aymen Montasser

Certificed engineer and architekt

Studied from 2003 to 2006 at the école nationale d'architecture et d'urbanisme de tunis.

Completed his studies 2013 at the TU Berlin, where he studied architecture and building preservation since 2011. He currently writes his PhD.

THE KINGS | 2017

Larissa Hermanns | Picture © KUNSTASYL

Larissa Hermanns

studied ethnology and philosophy in Mainz from 2012 to 2013.
2013-16 she studied Interdisciplinary Arts in Maastricht. She assisted KUNSTASYL intermediately in 2015 and 2016 while writing her Bachelor thesis.
Since January 2017 she works as project manager and artistic assistent on the project THE KINGS with KUNSTASYL.

Ahmad Albaki | Picture © KUNSTASYL

Ahmad Abd Albaki

Finished school in 2009. He started to study economics but did not finish it. He lives in Germany since two years and wants to study film direction.
Since March 2017 he is part of KUNSTASYL and the project THE KINGS.

Charlotte Danoy Kent | Picture © KUNSTASYL

Charlotte Danoy Kent

studied styling and fashion in 2008-2010 in Paris. Shortly she experienced a passion for set-design in fashion photography.
As a storyteller, she naturally turned into art direction for fashion editorials. Now she combines her humanitarian engagement with participative-artistic work.
Since November 2016 she collaborates with KUNSTASYL. Together with the inhabitants of the emergency accomodation Mertensstraße in Berlin-Spandau and the team KUNSTASYL she developed the tent-installation "Passage" over the last four months.
"Passage" is part of the project THE KINGS by KUNSTASYL.

Omar Alshaer | Picture © KUNSTASYL

Omar Alshaer

After finishing school in 2007, Omar Alshaer dreamed of becoming an engineer. However, for lack of baksheesh and despite passing his intermediate examinations he was unable to begin his studies. Instead, from 2008 to 2013 he studied business economics at the University of Damascus. Afterwards, he worked for two years as a loan officer at Al Ibdaa Bank Syria. Currently, he is getting ready for a master’s program in Berlin.

Since March 2017, he is a member of KunstAsyl and it’s THE KINGS project.

Iyas Sari | Picture © KUNSTASYL

Iyas Sari

Finished school in 2000. He studied pedagogics at Damaskus University and worked in different places in Syria as a primary school teacher. Since March 2017 he is part of KUNSTASYL and the project THE KINGS.

Susan Azizi | Picture © KUNSTASYL

Susan Azizi


Susan Azizi was denied access to study arts. Hence, in 1993 the Iranian took to studying geography in Kermanshah. At the same time, she took classes in painting and sculpturing at a private school of arts. In 2005, she was approved as a teacher of arts in Iran. In 2006, she was officially recognized as a visual artist. Between 2008 and leaving her home country for political reasons in 2014 she carried out large-format commission work in public space.

Since March 2017, she is a member of KunstAsyl’s THE KINGS project. Within the project, she portraits several times a week the inhabitants of Notunterkunft Berliner Stadtmission (emergency shelter of Berlin City Mission) at Mertensstrasse

More about Susan Azizi at Opens external link in new windowher website....

Henna-Elise Ventovirta | Picture © Tamar

Henna-Elise Ventovirta

Henna-Elise Ventovirta is an interdisciplinary dance artist originating from the Arctic Circle from Finland. In her work, she combines flamenco, contemporary dance, site-specific performance, community dance, improvisation and text. She received her professional education on flamenco in Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco in Seville in 2014. In addition, she continued studies on contemporary dance in the Dance Intensive Program  of TanzFabrik in Berlin under the direction of Gisela Müller 2015-2016.  She is a soloist in a contemporary flamenco company Compagnie el Contrabando and working as a pedagogue in Flamenco Werkstatt Berlin.
Henna-Elise is doing a further education in community dance pedagogic at SENECA, Berlin and is an active member of two artist collectives, We are the Planet and Re-imagining Future through Movement. Henna-Elise is as well studying in the MA Program Political Science in the University of Tampere. Since March 2017 she is a dance lecturer within the project THE KINGS.
Insights into her work: Opens external link in new window

daHEIM: glances into fugitive lives | 2016

Diwali Hasskan photo by Selma Murati

Diwali Hasskan

Finished High School 2014 in Shingal | Iraq with abitur.
Diwali worked between 2010 and 2014 as a blacksmith and a sheetmetal-worker in Shingal. 2015 he volunteered in a UN-camp for people on the move in Duhok | Iraq.
Since March 2016, Diwali heads the technical managment of KUNSTASYL.

KUNSTASYL daHEIM at the asylum quarters Staakener Straße | 2015

Therry Kornath

After an apprenticeship as carpenter followed a study from 2009- 2012 at the Hochschule
für Bildende Kunst in Dresden, which she graduate as Master of crafts student.

Excerpts of her work can be found on

Till Rimmele

After completing his training as officer he continued to study Arts & Culture at Maastricht University majoring in Media and a minor in creative writing. He is now a freelance photojournalist and blogger.

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Safaa Moussa

Born in Berlin, Safaa studies since 2011/12 the History and Culture of the Middle East at Freie Universität Berlin, majoring Islamic studies. Safaa is completing an internship at KUNSTASYL during her studies.



KUNSTASYL drawing Valdrina
Team KUNSTASYL Aymen Montasser | Till Rimmele | barbara caveng | Dachil Sado | Therry Kornath, portrayed by Valdrina