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Stadtlabor-Forum Historisches Museum Frankfurt

Discussion with Prof. Dr. Helma Lutz, Malve Lippmann und Maike Suhr, Pantoula Vagelakou

care work and relationships in transnational families

Experts, sholars and artists discuss how women in car work deal with work-related separation from their families and children. With the research-based installation BITTER THINGS - Memories and Narratives of transnational Families by bi'bak, the Stadtlabor's exhibition Leben von der Stange places a transdisciplinary focus on this little worked on topic.

Funded by the Women's Department of the City of Frankfurt

Current Series


Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families

By Can Sungu and Malve Lippmann


From November 27 2019 to April 5 2020, BITTER THINGS - Narratives and Memories of Transnational Families is shown in the Hisorisches Museum Frankfurt as part of the exhibition Kein Leben von der Stange .

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 children left behind. The installation takes experiences of transnational families from both past and present as a point of departure and brings narratives together with objects, which 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 with academic and literary contributions, interviews, songs and photos examining the topic from interdisciplinary perspectives has been released. Order your copy . A booklet with selected texts in German and photographs of the exhibition can be downloaded here.

Concept and Artistic Direction: Malve Lippmann, Can Sungu
Exhibition Design: Malve Lippmann
Editing, Research: Maike Suhr

A project by bi’bak in cooperation with Historisches Museum Frankfurt.

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Romani Perspectives in Film

Curated by Hamze Bytyçi


What is cliche and what is reality when it comes to the Romani people? Can films about Romani people do without stereotypes? The film series SO DIKHEA? WHAT DO YOU SEE? deals with the consequences of the images and narratives which have been created about, and not with Romani people over centuries. For a thousand years the Romani people have been part of Europe and have shaped its cultures and societies; and yet, they are still perceived as foreign and not belonging. Antiziganism makes us blind to the multi-faceted, complex reality: the reasons for the emigration of the Romani people from the Balkan countries are often disregarded, the importance of labour migration for an aging society is being ignored. In order to change this, the film series SO DIKHEA? WHAT DO YOU SEE? invites for a closer look and discussion. 

RomaTrial e.V. is a transcultural self-organised Berliner-Romani group which coordinates the Roma-Filmfestival AKE DIKHEA? once a year, with the goal of bringing the complex problems of Antiziganism into the public consciousness. AKE DIKHEA? – in Romani, NA SIEHST DU? – shows films with and by Rom*nja, Sinti*zzi and other people with Romno background. The festival will take place in Berlin for the third time, between the 5th – 9th December 2019. 

Hamze Bytyçi lives and works in Berlin. In 2012, he founded the association RomaTrial, in 2013 he was founding member of the International Romani Film Commission. In 2017, he has initiated the Festival of Romani Film AKE DIKHEA?, which he directs since then. In 2018, he was co-curator of the 1st Roma Biennale COME OUT NOW!

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Cooperation partners 140journos

By Çağdaş Erdoğan

From Almanya With Love

bi’bak is partnering up with Turkey’s most popular ‘counter-media’ channel 140journos for the short-film series Almanya’dan Sevgiler | From Almanya With Love. The series features six mini-documentaries directed by Çağdaş Erdoğan, focusing on a diverse range of stories of migration from Turkey to Germany.

Turbulent politics has played a major role in shaping transnational migration patterns between Turkey and Germany throughout the last century. After 1961, thousands of Gastarbeiters came to Germany in order to build up the post-war economy, forming the hitherto largest ethnic minority group. Violent ideological clashes in the 1970’s or oppressive politics in the 90’s in Turkey resulted in numerous, mostly leftist and Kurdish asylum seekers coming to Germany. Today, a new wave of migrants from Turkey are settling mainly in Berlin. These journalists, artists, academics and other young professionals are escaping ongoing persecution and seeking for a better future. In his films, Çağdaş Erdoğan investigates a diverse selection of backgrounds and stories of migration from Turkey to Germany and brings to light counter-narratives against dominant stereotypes.

Çağdaş Erdoğan is a photographer and artist born in 1992 in Eastern Turkey. As a photojournalist, his work focuses on minorities in the Middle East. His works have been  published in world-leading newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Stern, The British Journal of Photography, The Times, The Guardian, İz Magazine and many others. He was selected among the ‘Ones to Watch in 2017’ by The British Journal of Photography. His first photobook titled Control was published Akina Books. He works with the video collective 140journos. He has held a fellowship at bi’bak since October 2019.

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A travel cookbook about the walk of the tiger into the surrounding area of ​​Berlin in search of an answer, as the food comes on the plate.

Workshop Leaders Tuna Arkun and Heather Purcell

The tiger comes to table

Now it's about the sausage! That's what the tiger thought when, for the first time in his life, he saw the meat packed into such small shiny packets. Odor-proof and sterile. He wouldn’t have been able to tell whether it contained pork neck, venison breast or a juicy piece of antelope, if the saleswoman had not shown him the animal symbols on the package. The lady could not say how many animals had found a place in this refrigerator, or where they had come from. Also to the man, who was eating lunch at the meat counter it didn’t really matter, how the sausage came onto his plate. But the tiger knew these animals, with four legs, two ears and a tail, and he was a passionate carnivore. He decided to set off to find the animals that would later become these schnitzels.

Meat and other animal products are present every day in all our meals, but not everyone would appreciate a Sunday visit in a slaughterhouse. We find animals cute, but the stench in the steel is rather uncomfortable. That the schnitzel was an animal is not anymore obvious to everyone. Even more tragic is the fact that the meat is so cheap that we throw it away without hesitation if we do not eat it. 

Meat is valuable to us, because it means the life of an animal. We want to learn more about the history of our food and to see where the animals to which we owe our food live. With our self-bound sketchbooks, we visit various farms around Berlin, inform ourselves about how milk and meat are produced, and draw, ask, taste and cook delicious recipes. As a final product, we want to design a book in which we summarize our image and text research. The book will have the character of a diary documenting the journey of the tiger to the outskirts of Berlin as he visits the places where animals live, complemented by our delicious recipes.

In cooperation with the MIK - Jugendkunstschule Mitte and the Humboldthain Elementary School

Funded by Projekt Jugend ins Zentrum! der Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren im Rahmen des Programms Kultur macht stark. Bündnisse für Bildung des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung.