Trampoline House

Trampoline House was formed in 2010 by a group of artists, curators, refugee rights advocates, and asylum seekers as an antidote to Denmark’s asylum, refugee, and immigration policies.

Fashion show in Trampoline House during its ninth birthday in 2019. The photo shows a catwalk improvised in the hallway on which a cheerful dark-skinned woman wears a white traditional robe. The spectators and children are clapping or filming with their smartphones.

Trampoline House, Fashion show in Trampoline House during its ninth birthday, Copenhagen, 2019, Photo: Lars Vibild

For more than ten years, it was a space where people who have escaped war, poverty, or human rights abuse could find ways to participate in their new host country and feel a sense of belonging again. Due to lack of funding, the House had to close permanently at the end of 2020.

The House offered legal counseling, language classes, cooking and cleaning internships, job counseling, programs for women and children, workshops, debate events, art exhibitions, and weekly House meetings, where members and staff shared news and discussed urgent issues related to the House and refugee conditions. Every week, hundreds of refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers, as well as Danish citizens and other residents of Denmark visited the House to become part of its unique community, participate in its activities, contribute to its running, and campaign for refugee rights. Despite its closure at the end of 2020, Trampoline House remains part of the lumbung network initiated by ruangrupa for documenta fifteen.

In January 2022, the refugee justice community center Trampoline House re-opened in a smaller version under the name Weekend Trampoline House in Copenhagen. The new house is located in the Apostle Church’s parish house in Vesterbro in Copenhagen and is volunteer-run. The re-opening as Weekend Trampoline House creates the possibility to continue with their work for a more humane refugee policy, to resume their most popular activities and to create a model for a new, self-sustainable Trampoline House. It also produces an anthology documenting the history, methods, programming, and knowledge production of the first Trampoline House, the model for the future Trampoline House, and recommendations for a new global refugee policy based on solidarity and inclusion.

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