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Archive of Refuge

2021, Sep 30, Thu — 2022, Jan 03, Mon

Naoya Hatakeyama | Slow Glass #066 (detail) | © Naoya Hatakeyama

Naoya Hatakeyama | Slow Glass #066 (detail) | © Naoya Hatakeyama

Photo: Katy Otto

Photo: Katy Otto

What forms of remembrance are needed in today’s societies shaped by migration? This oral history project concerns itself with the memories of people migrating to Germany as an integral part of German post-war history, seeking to protect them from being forgotten and suppressed. 42 documentary film interviews with people who migrated to West and East Germany over the last 70 years are being used to create a commemorative website. They gather stories of home and exile, of what migration has come to mean – testifying to a multifaceted, exciting narrative of German history. In the online archive, the interviews will be made permanently accessible to the general public, serving as a source of information and a tool for political education and research. For the launch of the online archive on September 30, 2021, the interviews can be seen in an installation at HKW. Political education projects will be initiated in the form of workshops alongside the installation. During the opening days, panel discussions and conversations with theorists and activists will examine questions about the archive and the need for a pluralistic understanding of society in the face of current political conjunctures.

Curated by Carolin Emcke and Manuela Bojadžijev

Under the patronage of Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the Federal Republic of Germany

Online archive, installation, opening days

Opening days
Thu, Sep 30 – Sun, Oct 3, 2021

Free admission, with entry ticket

Sep 30, 2021–Jan 3, 2022
Daily, except Tue, 12 noon–8 pm
Free admission

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