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When we launched SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA at Haus der Statistik in 2020, our aim was to create a physical space for  film culture and education, one that emphasises the transnational nature of society, that generates community and builds a bridge between its urban locality and international movements. 

2020-2022 this led us to working with curators from across the film and culture spectrum, 32 different series that brought together myriad films ranging from archival to contemporary, documentary to fiction, workshops and education programmes, a symposium, invited guest speakers and guests from across Berlin and beyond.

We now take all that we learnt from these enriching experiences to construct the new SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA space in Wedding!

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Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families


After having been displayed in Timisoara, Cluj, Brasov and Iasi, BITTER THINGS - Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families moves to the Goethe-Institut in Bucharest, 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: 24.08.2023

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Bukarest

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bi'bak says Thank you!
SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA thanks all funders,
who made the Cinema Experiment at Haus der Statistik possible since September 2020!
Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa
Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung
Berliner Projektfonds Urbane Praxis
Berliner Landeszentrale für politische Bildung
Bezirkskulturfonds des Bezirk Mitte
Bundesverband Soziokultur Programm NEUSTART Sofort­programm für Corona-bedingte Investitionen in Kultur­einrichtungen
Bundesverband Soziokultur Programm NEUSTART Förderbereich PROGRAMM
Draussenstadt der Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa
Fonds Soziokultur allgemeine Projektförderung sowie PROFIL:SOZIOKULTUR - Gefördert durch den Fonds Soziokultur aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen von NEUSTART KULTUR
Goethe Institut
ifa - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen 
Kulturstiftung des Bundes
Martin Roth Initiative
Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit des Landes Berlin
Projektfonds Urbane Praxis
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
Stiftung Nord-Süd Brücken

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