Asoka Esuruoso is an inter-disciplinary tour guide, artist, filmmaker and writer from Boston Massachusetts who is currently based in Berlin where she has lived and worked since 2008. She is a co-founder of the empowerment project Arriving In The Future, which curates performances by artists and musicians across Berlin and Germany, and has recently published an anthology of Black German history called Arriving in the Future: Stories of Home and Exile. She studied film at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore before moving to New York to finish her degree at Columbia University. Esuruoso remained to pursue a Post Baccalaureate at Columbia University studying international law, human rights, and European History. She is currently finishing a Masters degree in philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin.
As a true dedicated lover of storytelling and history Esuruoso works as an independent tour guide for multiple tour companies in Berlin including Brewer’s Berlin Walking Tours, SPB, and Mosaic e.V. She has been a registered guide at the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial and Museum since 2008. History is not just behind us, it has formed the world in which we live. In a city like Berlin where the sides of many buildings are still riddled with bullet holes, and there are small cobblestone-sized Stolperstein plagues to victims of the Holocaust, this past is always present. With focuses on the Third Reich, WWII, the Cold War, and Jewish Berlin Esuruoso’s job and love as a guide is to bring this past to life, and help visitors to understand it.
Her writing and films have been exhibited and published in newspapers, publications, anthologies, and educational texts in the US and Germany that often deal with the themes of history, human rights, female subjectivity and sexuality along with family and cultural memory and trauma.
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