Depo Istanbul 18.05.2018- 24.06.2018 Archive Berlin 14.09.2018-12.10.2018
For economic reasons people have always been forced to leave their country to earn money elsewhere. Parents in this case often leave their children behind in their home country. Working hours are too demanding to make childcare on the side possible, and in the beginning often only a limited stay is planned. In the time of the recruitment agreements, it was the children of the guest workers who were lagging behind. Today in Germany, it is predominantly migrant workers from Eastern Europe who leave their families to earn a living in wealthier countries. Turkey, as a former country of emigration, has in turn become a target for many workers, especially in the area of care and childcare from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus or the Central Asian region.
These circumstances lead to new models of the transnational family, which tries to maintain family contact despite spatial separation. But how is the relationship between parents and children redefined as gifts and material support replace intangible affection? When physical closeness in communication channels like Skype and WhatsApp is lacking? How do the children and their parents feel here? The exhibition project “Bitter Things” sets out to search for traces in Turkey, in Germany and on the edges of Europe
In Cooperation with Archive Berlin, Depo Istanbul and DOMiD – Museum und Dokumentationszentrum für die Migration in Deutschland, Köln.
Funded by the Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa im Rahmen der Spartenoffenen Förderung