Put hundreds of creative young minds together and unite them under the common aim of improving legal-aid for asylum-seekers in Europe, then you get SolidariTee and all its success.

I’m inspired everyday by the determination, enthusiasm and innovation of fellow students bringing justice to refugees.

- Sophie Blitz, SolidariTee National Team -

 

The artwork on our t-shirts carry the weight and stories of all those who cross the sea in search of hope. Have a look at what has inspired our designs.

This year's artwork was created by Dar Al Naim, a prolific and impulsive young Sudanese artist. The work she creates demonstrates a dynamic look into her nomadic, afropolitan and diasporic way of life. Her compulsive need to produce shows in her extensive body of work and the multiple subjects she is continually researching. Her colourful illustrations, paintings, textile work, prints and her black and white ink drawings alike are detailed, obsessive, free and full of Sudanese cultural and symbolic connotations.

Here we see a silhouette of a person alone at sea looking in only one direction: freedom.
This piece is meant to remind the viewers about the mass and the individual lost in it – one of many but still one.
The sea becomes immense and the human minute.
There is direct contact between skin and water.
We can familiarise with the unit, the individual.

 

Here we picture the silhouette of a human, but by the time we see them, they have become the sea.

Become lost, and disappeared, all elements and familiar facial features gone. 

Only those who knew them will remember their face.

We on the other side will never get to know them.

 

Here we see a pyramid of people, again all looking in one direction – “Europe”. 

Crossing the Mediterranean this time, there is no direct contact between the human skin and the sea water, this time the contact is with the multitude.

One on top of the other, stacked upon a safety boat.

The “safety” boat in itself reflects masks from home.

Travelling upon a “safe” space, until they reach the other side.

 

The idea for this design came about during a meeting between an Afghan man and a lawyer from Advocates Abroad, while I was interpreting in Chios. During that first meeting, I had noticed that his nine-year-old son had been painfully bored. At our next meeting, I made sure to bring some paper and a pen on me, as I knew that his father was trying to teach him to write in Persian. During the meeting, his son busied himself with a poem that his father had written himself and taught him. On our last day in Chios, the father presented me with the poem written up by his son ‘neatly and properly’. This is now the design on the tote bags. It largely deals with maturity and coming of age. I like to think that you can trace the family’s story and hopes through what we’ve produced this year, even though they’re only snippets of what I imagine is going through their heads right now.

Tiara Sahar Ataii