Dear berliner neighbours, we are the inhabitants of Cuvrybrache. Maybe you have seen us around sometimes or you read or heard something about us, or maybe you don’t know anything about us and even more you don’t even care about us at all.
People may think or say that we are dirty, noisy, careless, disrespectful, that we take advantage on others, that we are always drunk, stoned or that we are violent. That is one way to look at what happens in Cuvrybrache, Kreuzberg, and we don’t want to defense ourselves from those things or justify them, some of them are partly true.
What we would like to do and the reason why we want to get in contact with you is to give you another point of view so you have a wider perspective of our situation, that in a way is not only ours but a situation that affects to all of us, you included.
The existance of Cuvry or free places alike is of vital importance to all of us and not only for people who lives there or use the place. In cuvry everyone has a place, absolutely everyone!
We wonder if you can see the enormous importance of that fact. In cuvry you can find people with so called “mental diseases”, with drug problems, alcoholics, people who for whatever the reason don’t have or don’t find a place in the rest of society, and even more, people who don’t want to have a place in society in the way it is right now. You find people from every background or part of the world sharing the place without rules, structures or organization: you live your live and let others live theirs. We are not a political group, we don’t have shared ideologies or anything like that. As you, each of us try to live her/his life the best we are able to do.
Do we have different priorities than the ones stablished by the western standards? Yes, we do. But who says there must be only one way?
The western or european way of live has been imposed to all of us and is becoming more and more narrow for everyone, and people who don‘t fit are forced into isolation, poverty and dependency of charity, which is given under certain conditions in order to restrict the freedom which we all are longing for.
That help from the states or society tries to push that people outside the main part of the cities in a gentrification process. Freedom has become more and more the freedom of buing shoes from that label or the other, or a car of this color or the other. But the main aspects of live are impossed to all of us, and some people seem to be very interested in creating tha appareance that there is no other way and that it doesn’t make sense to look for it.
We are not creating an utopic comunity here in Cuvry. We are as far from that as from living in a flat and working for the state or a company, although some people who live here, and all those who come and enjoy the place, do have flats and jobs. All of us apreciate the possibility of just being here: No one to have to give explanations to, no one to ask for permisson, no one under you and you under no one.
We should not romantize Cuvry, here you can find the very best and the very worst of human nature, as everywhere. In welthy neighbourhoods they hide their missery inside, in Cuvry everything is openly seen.
We are not different from you in the end, maybe one day we join you in your side of society because we had enough of Cuvry. Or maybe you wake up one day without a job, without money, left aside by society and by those you trusted, or maybe that day you just can´t take your life in the it is anymore. Well, you know what? That day Cuvry will be open for you, but only if we don’t let it be destroyed in order to build expensive appartments by the river or a shopping moll. It´s plenty of houses and shopping molls, but there is only one really free place in Berlin: Cuvry.
In Cuvry there are no Laws, Authority or Organization, what implies that all what in the outer society is repressed (what doesn´t means solved, just repressed), all that can come out and be openly seen by everyone in Cuvry.
We are not better than anyone and maybe we are worse, but at least all that we are is expossed to clear light and in that way maybe we all can learn about ourselves and therefore be able to solve the problems of society, the selfishness that drives this society, that is not different in Cufree or outside. Outside is hidden after the mask of social and political rules and repression, here it is not.
Cuvrystrasse 50-51, U-Bahn Schlesishes Tor