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BITTER THINGS | LUCRURI CARE DOR | IASI

Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families

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BITTER THINGS | LUCRURI CARE DOR | IASI

After having been displayed in Timisoara, Cluj and Brasov, BITTER THINGS - Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families moves to the Palatul Culturii Iaşi in Iasi, Romania.

BITTER THINGS Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families is a research-based exhibition project by bi’bak that explores the impact of labor migration on the notion of motherhood and family from the perspectives of women migrant workers and the children left behind. The installation takes the experiences of transnational families from both the past and present as a point of departure and brings narratives together with objects that play a central role within the 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, 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, a publication has been released which includes academic and literary contributions, interviews, songs, and photos examining the topic from interdisciplinary perspectives. Order your copy here. A booklet with selected texts in German and photographs of the exhibition can be downloaded here.

Opening: 12.05.2022 12:00

In cooperation with Centrul Cultural German, Muzeul de Istorie a Moldovei in the context of Complexul Muzeal National "Moldova" Iasi, with the support of the Goethe-Institut

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CiNEMA of Commoning

Cinema of Commoning, a project by bi'bak and various international partners, aims to bring together a network and gather knowledge of cinemas and cinema initiatives around the world.Through hybrid conversations, it hopes to create a statement that proposes a future model of an alternative cinema which is oriented towards the “commons” with regards to accessibility, artistic freedom and financial sustainability. The project takes place in two steps: From March on, a collectively curated film programme will be shown at partner cinemas in Bangkok, Jakarta, Istanbul, Dubai, Santiago de Chile, Cluj and Luanda. In June, a three day symposium will bring together partner initiatives, film professionals and cinephiles in Berlin in order to develop further concepts and strategies for sustainable spaces dedicated to film culture. By doing so, Cinema of Commoningargues for cinema as a transnational space for artistic and social practice, as a place of public discourse, as an agent of cultural memory and urban heritage, and as a site to preserve and distribute film and video formats that are rarely accessible. 

31.03. - 23.06.2022 Screenings in Bangkok, Berlin, Cluj, Dubai, Jakarta, Luanda, Istanbul, Santiago de Chile

24.06.- 26.06.2022  Symposium in Berlin. More information at cinemaofcommoning.com

A project by bi'bak/ Sinema Transtopia in cooperation with Cine CCC (Santiago, Chile), Cinema Akil (Dubai, UAE), Kundura Sinema (Istanbul, Turkey), Cinema Arta (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), Forum Lenteng (Jakarta, Indonesia),  DocClub (Bangkok, Thailand), Cinema Geração (Luanda, Angola)

Funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.

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