September 29, 2005 - Kölnischer Kunstverein - Projekt Migration, October 1, 2005 – January 15, 2006
September 29, 2005

Projekt Migration, October 1, 2005 – January 15, 2006

Projekt Migration
1 October 2005 - 15 January 2006

Kölnischer Kunstverein
Die Brücke, Hahnenstraße 6
Rudolfplatz / Hahnentor
(An dr Hahnepooz 8)
Crowne Plaza City Centre, Habsburgerring 67-69
Hohenzollernbrücke / Museum Ludwig, Wilhelm II

A tour through Yugoslavia, August 1972. Copyright: privat / DOMiT, Köln.

Artists, film makers, photographers, architects, researchers: Vito Acconci, Advanced Chemistry, Agency (Int. / * 1992), An Architektur, Aysun Bademsoy, Joseph Beuys, David Blandy, Madeleine Bernstorff/Elke aus dem Moore, Pavel Braïla, Brothers Keepers, Vlassis Caniaris, Gustav Deutsch, DOMiT e.V., Lukas Duwenhögger, Ayse Erkmen, Harun Farocki, Jeanne Faust/Jörn Zehe, Hans-Peter Feldmann, FFM Berlin, Doris Frohnapfel, José Giribas, Morgan O’Hara, Farida Heuck/Birgit zur Nieden, Candida Höfer, F.W. Holubovski, Cerin Hong, Gernot Huber, Hannah Hurtzig, Alfons Kampert, Kanak Attak, Gülsün Karamustafa, Selahattin Kaya, kein mensch ist illegal, Ernst Kirschner, Alfred Koch, Brigitte Kraemer, Kemal Kurt, Brigitta Kuster, Labor k3000, Thomas Locher, Mabouna II Moise Merlin, Angela Melitopoulos, Jean Mohr, Christian Philipp Müller, Tazro Niscino, Non Stop No Stops (Pit/Lehmköster/Warchold/Letic), Marcel Odenbach, Anny & Sibel Öztürk, Henrik Olesen, Boris Ondreicka, Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk, Adrian Paci, Krsto Papic, Dan Perjovschi, Susan Philipsz, Lisl Ponger, Dont Rhine/Ultra-red, Jeroen de Rijke / Willem de Rooij, Julika Rudelius, Saisonstadt (Albers/Hieslmair/Sagadin/Zinganel), Anri Sala, Bülent Sangar, Christoph Schäfer, Alfred Schmidt, Edith Schmidt/David Wittenberg, Anne-Marie Schneider, Ene-Liis Semper, Ann-Sofi Sidén, Nika Span,Stadt und Migration (Kniess/Frings/Hauser/Lagos Karlhoff), Wolfgang Staiger, Mladen Stilinovc, Andrijana Stojkovic, Marily Stroux, Heinrich Stuckert, Erika Sulze-Kleimeier, Wolfgang Tillmans, TRANSIT MIGRATION, Rosemarie Trockel, Guenay Ulutuncok, Manfred Vollmer, Hans-Joachim Weber, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Jun Yang, Tobias Zielony, Zelimir Zilnik.

It is our view that decides whether, and how, we see migration. It is the nations perspective that turns people crossing our borders into the others: aliens that we must research and understand, defend ourselves against and control, exploit and integrate. Whether with empathic openness, economic pragmatism or racist exclusion: the nation needs these others in order to place itself centre stage. This is how the narrative of the majority and its minorities comes into existence.

The exhibition represents the intention to reverse this view and to make migration visible and audible as a central force for social changes. On display is a Germany and Europe co-shaped by migration. The view of the history of guest work encounters, crosses and overlaps with the view of the new conditions and the new presence of migration since 1989 a simultaneous portrayal that enables us to make new discoveries beyond time horizons. Against the backdrop of history and the present, the exhibition questions the future potential, the utopian moment and the visions that migration creates. This includes the demand for a newly-drafted European identity, a post-national citizenship and the general demand for a cosmopolitan view of the circumstances surrounding, and revolving around, us.

The basis of the exhibition is formed by the social and cultural-historical collections and research of the migrant organisation DOMiT, the artistic and scientific research of TRANSIT MIGRATION, which was developed at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology of the University of Frankfurt/Main in cooperation with the Institute for Theory of Design and Art, Zurich, as well as the artistic works commissioned by the project patron, Kölnischer Kunstverein. Within the exhibition, the results of the research are comprehensively confronted with contemporary culture production in an active dialogue, and documents from post-war history with artistic works. The extensive document collection and the research results collated and drafted for the exhibition by Project Migration, could be the basis for a migration documentation centre in Germany.

Project Migration An Initiative Project of the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal Government

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