bi'baxchange #24

Istanbul Exhibition

Opening: Friday 18.05.2018, at 6:30 pm
19.05.2018 – 30.06.2018

BITTER THINGS – Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families

Labor migration is worldwide creating new models of the transnational family, which despite geographical distances strives to maintain contact between the separated family members. In the time of the recruitment agreements in the 1960s between Germany and Turkey, Greece, the former Yugoslavia as well as several other countries, many parents were forced to leave their children behind since working hours were too demanding to make childcare on the side possible. Today it is predominantly migrant workers from Eastern Europe who have to leave their families to earn a living in wealthier countries. Turkey, as a former country of emigration, has in turn become a destination for many workers, especially in the care sector, from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus or the Central Asian region.

But, how is the relationship between parents and children to be redefined whenever gifts and material support take the place of shared experience? When physical closeness has to take second place to communication programs like Skype and WhatsApp? How does this changing family landscape impact children and their parents? BITTER THINGS retraces positions on this topic from the 1960s right up to present day perspectives.

Besides the exhibitions in Istanbul and Berlin a side program with films, lectures and panel discussions will be held. Moreover a book with academic and literary contributions, interviews, songtexts and images examining the topic from interdisciplinary perspectives has been published.

A project by bi’bak in Cooperation with Archive (Berlin), DEPO Istanbul and DOMiD – Documentation Center and Museum about Migration in Germany (Cologne).

Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe
Kindly supported by Goethe Institute Istanbul