• Fri, 17. March 2023
  • 11:00
  • Innsbruck, TAXISPALAIS

Exhibition: Gurbette Kalmak / Bleiben in der Fremde

Cana Bilir-Meier, Semra Ertan, Sohrab Shahid Saless, Nil Yalter, Hanefi Yeter
The exhibition "Bleiben in der Fremde" (Staying in a foreign land) presents artistic responses to the social and political situation of laborers in the “guest worker” system of Western Europe. The works focus on the 1970s and were also largely created shortly after the end of the recruitment agreement (Anwerbestopp) and in the midst of an emerging paradigm of integration. This was a period when migrant workers from Turkey were fighting for equal labor and civil rights and at the same time were also justifiably skeptical of the integration paradigm with its demands for assimilation.
Like Semra Ertan in her poetry, Cana Bilir-Meier, Sohrab Shahid Saless, Nil Yalter, and Hanefi Yeter create a different language in video, film, photography, and painting to narrate the pain of denied belonging in both home and foreign land.
"Bleiben in der Fremde" is the first chapter of a TAXISPALAIS exhibition trilogy which focusses on questions of togetherness. What can artistic languages contribute to more appropriate discourses around the plurality of belonging and multiplicities in Western Europe? The chapters will be curated in different constellations.
Curated by Gürsoy Doğtaş & Nina Tabassomi
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