This exhibition features personal photographs and interviews with Yücel Aşçıoğlu, Tayfun Demir, Chrysaugi Diederich, Onur Dülger, Antonella Giurano, Antonios Gogos, Zeynep Gürsoy, Alpin Harrenkamp, Ali Kanatlı, Bengü Kocatürk-Schuster, Angela L., the Özdağ family, Mitat Özdemir, Asimina Paradissa, Rosa Spitaleri, Fikret Üçgüler, and Sofia and Ioanna Zacharaki. Additional personal photographs come from Alibaba G., Salih G., Marie Claire Ippolito, Romolo di Sabatino, and others who remain unnamed, which were provided by the Documentation Center and Museum of Migration in Germany (DOMiD).
The personal photographs are combined with photographs of urban life by Jörg Boström, Chargesheimer, Christel Fomm, GAG Immobilien AG (Cologne), Heinz Held, Candida Höfer, Kurt Holl, Gernot Huber, Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, Ulrich Tillmann, Schulz, Dieter Storp, students at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Guenay Ulutuncok, Manfred Vollmer, Ludwig Wegmann, Eusebius Wirdeier, a film by Edith Schmidt-Marcello and David Wittenberg, and a video project by Ulf Aminde.
Photographs of Cologne and other cities in the Rhineland from the period between 1955 and 1989 visualize the constant changes brought about by the residents. Yet the stories of migrant workers in photography are barely present in the public visual memory of these cities. For the first time, this exhibition at the Museum Ludwig will focus on personal photographs. An important starting point is documents of stories of migration from DOMiD. In interviews, the lenders of the works in the exhibition talk about their diverse histories. They offer an account of life in the city and how it was enlivened by their immigration. Their personal photographs show how streets, buildings, shops, bars, social clubs, and parks become places of remembrance and part of the city’s history. The exhibition deals with the role of photography in this context. It combines these new and surprising cityscapes with photographs of urban life by Chargesheimer, Candida Höfer, and Ulrich Tillmann from the collection of the Museum Ludwig as well as photographs by Christel Fomm, Gernot Huber, and Guenay Ulutuncok, among others. Beyond the fleeting experiences of life in the city, these photographic stories of migration show the various ways in which people can find their place in a new city.
The exhibition is a joint project with the Documentation Center and Museum of Migration in Germany (DOMiD). Manuel Gogos and Aurora Rodonò served as curatorial advisors.
Curators: Ela Kaçel (architectural historian, and guest curator) and Barbara Engelbach (curator)