Olad Aden is an African-German-American Street Social Worker, Photographer and Videographer based in Berlin, Germany. In this capacity he has initiated and facilitated a number of youth exchange programs like "The BronxBerlinConnection“. Together with a group of Social Workers and teaching artists he has been conducting the project „ZwischenWelten“ in the youth detention facility Berlin for the last five years. In addition he co-curated a number of cultural projects. In 2010 he co-curated "Translating Hip Hop“ which took place in Manila, Bogota, Beirut, Nairobi and Berlin for the House of World Cultures in Berlin. He co-initiated and co-curated "SPOKEN WOR:L:DS", a literature/rap project between Berlin and Nairobi for the Literatur Werkstatt-Berlin and a project called DExZA, a poetry/rap/music performance exchange program between Johannesburg and Berlin funded by the Heinrich Böll Foundation/The Goethe Institut and the German Consulate in South Africa. Together with an amazing group of artists he curated, organized and presented the project "Be-troit" in Detroit and Berlin in 2015. He currently works on a full length documentary about the Berlin based street outreach project „Gangway“ which celebrates its 33rd anniversary this year. His photography was recently featured in the exhibition „Counter Narratives“ in Berlin. The Film "The BronxBerlinConnection" he shot in NYC in 2018 together with Paris based film maker Aline-Sitoé N'Diaye was nominated to several film festivals in 2020. It won the Hip Hop Film Festival in Rome, was selected to the Black International Film Festival in Montreal, The Angeles Docs Festival and it was screened in Berlin and NYC.
He´s currently working on a number of new ideas and upcoming projects and just concluded the first season of "The #Yae Project" (Young Artist Exchange) Detroit/Berlin
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