Mesta is illustrator and designer Andrea Ihl’s Bachelor thesis in Communication Design at FH Aachen:
In her work she explores the joys and frustrations of everyday lives while focusing on themes of vulnerability, emotion and gender.
How does it feel to leave everything you once knew behind, while never really being able to fully let go of your old life? Why do we long for a home that isn’t there anymore and probably never will be? And what does it mean to constantly be searching for a sense of belonging? Mesta (derived from the russian “место”, meaning “space” or “position”) is a collection of stories and perspectives by 26 people who reflected with me on several questions about our (post)migrant identities. The publication aims to empower the participants to share their experiences on the topic of migration, to take up space and talk about what in the past has been left unspoken.