Naoya Hatakeyama | Slow Glass #066 (detail) | © Naoya Hatakeyama
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. 41 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 digital 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 digital archive, the interviews can be seen in an installation at HKW until 3 January 2022. 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 examined 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