BITTER THINGS – Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families
Depo Istanbul 18.05.2018 – 30.06.2018 Archive Berlin 14.09.2018 – 12.10.2018
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, 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 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 area of care 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 exhibition in Istanbul and Berlin a side program with films, lectures and discussions will be held. Moreover a publication with academic and literary contributions, interviews, songs and photos examining the topic from interdisciplinary perspectives has been released.
Concept and Artistic Direction: Malve Lippmann, Can Sungu
Editing, Research: Maike Suhr
Project Assistants: Zeynep Dişbudak, Esra Akkaya, Selim Özadar
Graphic Design: Jan Grygoriew
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 and with kind support of Goethe Institut Istanbul