Narrative and Memories of Transnational Families
Funded: Anna Krauss, Malve Lippmann und Can Sungu
'Bitter Things – Narrative and Memories of Transnational Families' is a research-based exhibition project by bi'bak that examines the effects of labour migration on motherhood and family from the perspective of migrant women workers and their children. Based on experiences of transnational families from past and present, the installation brings together narratives with objects that play a central role in families.
Labour migration leads to new family models worldwide, which are often transnationally organised. Family contact is maintained despite geographical separation. In the period of the recruitment agreements in the 1960s, many parents were forced to leave their children with relatives. Working hours were so absorbing that childcare was not manageable. Today in Europe, it is mainly migrant workers from Eastern Europe who leave their families to earn a living in economically better-off countries.
But how does the relationship between parents and children redefine itself when gifts and material support take the place of shared experiences? When physical closeness has to take a back seat to chat and video telephony? How do the children and their parents fare? 'Bitter Things' brings together positions on the topic from the 1960s to the present.
This exhibition was supported by the ifa exhibition funding